Brighouse are on the rise after Great Horton put to sword

Brighouse v Great Horton. Sadaqat Zaman.
Brighouse v Great Horton. Sadaqat Zaman.

A third consecutive win for Brighouse moved them further up the JCT600 Division Two table as they inflicted a 139-run away victory on Great Horton.

Batting first, Brighouse started shakily as opener Zahir Hussain found himself quickly running out of partners and at 74 for four they looked to be in trouble.

However, Zafar Jadoon’s 55 settled things down and as Hussain carried his bat through the innings for an unbeaten 86 Brighouse were eventually all out for 229 with one over to spare.

The Brighouse bowling attack soon went to work on Great Horton’s openers as Sadaqat Zaman took three quick wickets for 36 to leave them reeling at 31 for four.

South African born Johannes Vee then took over to finish things off with a devastating spell of three wickets for only nine runs as the visitors were bowled out for only 90 runs after 30 overs.

The 20 points moved Brighouse up to 11th in the table and this coming weekend’s fixtures against mid-table sides Keighley away on Saturday and Bankfoot at home on Sunday give Brighouse a real chance of finishing the season in their highest position for a number of years.

Brighouse seconds again struggled at home against Gomersal.

The visitor’s bowling attack of Lacey, Hurst and Huddlestone proved too strong and wickets fell at regular intervals.

Chris Maloney did his best to stem the tide, hitting 13 fours in his 59 before an unfortunate run out.

He was supported by brother Dave Maloney on 29 and Dan Dunkerley (18), but Brighouse were restricted to a total of 148 all out after 37 overs.

It took Gomersal 32 overs to reach their target with Craig Lightowler top scoring on 59 before he was bowled by young Max Maloney.

Adam Ashraf was the pick of the Brighouse bowling attack with three for 20 off his seven overs.

This weekend the seconds will have the chance to secure a fourth win of the season against bottom side Manningham Mills at home on Saturday but then face a tough trip to high flying New Farnley on Sunday.

P W T A L Bat Bowl Pens Pts

Farsley 17 15 0 0 2 52 70 0 272

Spen Victoria 17 13 0 0 4 33 75 0 238

New Farnley 17 12 0 0 5 8 72 0 230

Yeadon 17 12 1 1 3 30 71 0 229

Undercliffe 17 10 0 1 6 40 67 0 210

Bowling OL 17 9 0 0 8 40 62 0 192

Gomersal 17 8 0 0 9 44 66 0 190

Bankfoot 17 9 0 0 8 35 64 1 188

Keighley 17 7 1 1 8 48 57 0 183

Hartshead Moor 17 6 0 1 10 26 67 0 156

Brighouse 17 6 0 1 10 28 54 0 145

Windhill 17 5 0 0 12 35 49 0 134

Idle 17 3 0 1 13 28 52 0 113

Great Horton 17 0 0 0 17 9 39 3 45

Great Horton 3pts and Bankfoot 1pt deducted for over rate violation