GREAT Horton opted to bat first in searing hot conditions for their Division Two fixture with Brighouse on a wicket which was a batter’s delight!
Dave Maloney, promoted from the second team, really produced the goods with a brilliant spell of seam bowling to yield five for 33, taking Horton to 67 for seven.
Adam Brown was the pick of the bowlers with two for 22 off 15 overs as Horton were all out for 115.
Opening the innings for Brighouse was Brown along with Christian Dunkerley.
But Brown was given out in the third over, harshly adjudged caught behind, and was soon followed by Dunkerley, who gloved an absolute snorter to first slip.
What followed was possibly one of the best spells of swing bowling seen in recent years.
Sadaquat Zaman, Horton’s new signing from Lightcliffe, ripped the heart out of Brighouse with a six wickets for seven runs spell.
The second innings ended on 42 all out, with little answer.
On a more positive note, skipper Will Smith has Adil and Aleem Ladak returning this week, together with wicket keeper Paul Eachus, opening batter Ben Moody and opening bowler Liam Morris, for the away visit to Spen Victoria.
A better performance and result is now a requisite for Brighouse, who have not this season had their first choice team out due to injury, holiday and work commitments.
l WITH Brighouse Second team skipper Chris Maloney away stand in John Potkins put Idle in to bat on what looked like a bowler friendly wicket.
Left arm opener Dan Dunkerley bowled his usual tight lines and with good pace and variation from Hans Rhandawa, Brighouse made a positive start and restricted the hosts to under 100 in the first 20 overs. Then experienced opener Andrew Massheder moved on to 50 and all rounder Mushy Shah batted very well for 86, which pushed the hosts over the 200 mark. Brighouse all rounder Zaib Ali Junaid picked up four for 93 but the hosts finished on 254 for nine.
In reply, Brighouse set off like a rocket with openers Nigel Elkin (40) and Dunkerly (30) playing aggressive shots. However once both were dismissed the Brighouse middle order failed to keep the momentum going.
Leg-spinner Shah caused problems, picking up quick wickets and ended with six for 40. For Brighouse Zaib Ali Junaid performed well with the bat as well as the ball and ended on 30 not out. But the Brighouse tail could not stay with him and the visitors were bowled out for 122.