BOWLING Old Lane won the toss against Brighouse and opted to bat on what looked a beauty of a wicket.
Tight opening spells from Adam Brown, Aleem Ladak and Adil Ladak made inroads into the top order, stunting Old Lane’s innings at 79 for six.
But the tail-end flourished with hard hitting shots. The last five batters boosting the innings to 168 for nine.
Adil Ladak finished with six for 37, well supported by his brother Aleem (two for 32) both bowling their allowed 15 overs.
The also newly returned Ben Moody, just making the transfer deadline, opened the innings with Brown, and worked hard against the consistently good bowling of Zubar Najeeb.
Moody fell to Abbas for 10, followed by Crossley for just four runs.
Skipper Will Smith and Brown steadied the ship as the score was taken to 68 before Smith hit a full toss down the neck of deep midwicket first ball from leg-spinner Butt.
Brown guided the innings but left-arm spinner Hanif then proceeded to ruin Brighouse’s charge to victory, finishing with four for 27 off 13.2 overs. Brighouse fell 18 runs short in a game they should have won.
l IT was a more positive return for Brighouse next day against Bankfoot who opted to bat.
It was suprising after they had been shot out for 87 the previous day.
The green wicket required patience which the Bankfoot batsmen did not have, as they fell to 25 for four, with both openers failing to trouble the scorers.
Aleem Ladak continued his great form with three of the first four wickets.
Only wicketkeeper Barton offered any resistance, continually taking on the bowling of Brown, Smith and West.
Wickets fell at regular intervals, and a very good all round display from Brighouse bowled Bankfoot out for 107, with Barton the only batter to reach double figures (65 not out).
The reply started positively and the result was never in doubt as Brown hit both openers for maximums inside the first six overs.
Moody fell for four off Hanson and, although Brown (36) and Crossley (34) fell late in the innings, skipper Smith saw his team home with 21 not out to record only the second win of this campaign.
With players returning plus new signings Moody and Robson, Smith is now confident that the league position is very much a false one, especially after strong displays against Saltaire, who are second in the table. Lightlcliffe, who are first. and Bankfoot relegated from Division One.