All round display

ATEEQ Rehman passed 50 for the third time this season as Rastrick won.

Newcomer Mohammed Saddiq also had a brilliant day with the ball and bat.

Rastrick were at home for the third week in a row in Huddersfield League’s Cedar Court section to Kirkheaton in a game sponsored by Mr and Mrs Farlow.

It was an ideal toss for Matthew Lambert to win as the ball zipped about and it was not long until Saddiq had his first victim.

As the wicket dried out the bowlers had to work hard and Saddiq showed great patience picking up eight for 80 from 25 overs.

John Bishop (76 not out) was the only batsman to pass 20 in a total of 166 for nine.

In reply, Rehman and Chris Dennison got Rastrick off well,with 35 for the first wicket before Rehman got his 50.

Shortly after he was out, Saddiq came in to see his side home with a brutal 49 not out.

This was a good all round performance from the Pakistani first class player and both he and skipper Lambert will be hoping they can now go on a winning run, starting at Lascelles Hall on Saturday.

l THE second team’s disastrous start to the season continued with a crushing defeat at Lepton Highlanders.

Rastrick took the field with only nine men, leaving captain Colin Jowett little choice but to bat first and try to build a competitive total on a bowler friendly pitch.

The Rastrick batsmen struggled for fluency throughout and had to settle for 90 all out.

There was a huge bonus with a confident innings of 19 from the promising junior Benjy Birkhead.

Rastrick took early wickets with young paceman Jack Pearson impressing with the new ball.

Veteran all-rounder Andy Pearson chalked up a rare success courtesy of a fine catch behind the wicket from Birkhead.

Rastrick’s low total was never going to be enough and Lepton eventually cruised home with seven wickets to spare, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table.

Full sports coverage of events and matches taking place throughout the Brighouse area is available in this week’s paper