Brighouse blown away in opener by Windhill

Actions from Lightcliffe v Bradford and Bingley, cricket at Lightcliffe CC.'Pictured is Oliver Robinson.
Actions from Lightcliffe v Bradford and Bingley, cricket at Lightcliffe CC.'Pictured is Oliver Robinson.

Brighouse got their Division Two campaign off to a disappointing start with defeat at the hands of Windhill.

Brighouse, fielding a number of new signings were put in to bat first.

The home side immediately took control of the game with their new bowlers Shoaib Iqbal (three for 15) and Andy Parratt (three for 33) inflicting the damage.

From a low point of 26 for six Brighouse rallied to eventually reach 87 all out after 32 overs with a Kamran Khan run out ending the visitors’ innings.

Zahir Hussain (20) and Sadaqat Zaman (20no) were Brighouse’s best performers with the bat supported by Chris Maloney with 14.

Greg Osborne led the Brighouse fightback with the, ball taking three wickets for one run off his three overs.

Windhill reached their target after 31 overs at 88 for five with Holland (38) and Brooksbank (35) guiding them home.

A disappointing start for this new look Brighouse side and captain Umar Salim will be aiming for better things this weekend with a double header against Gomersal at home on Saturday and an away fixture at Bankfoot on Sunday.

Rastrick entertained Lascelles Hall in the Drakes Huddersfield League Conference and skipper Robin Lambert lost what proved to be a critical toss.

Rastrick’s top order was blown away by Hall’s new man Aqbal Javed, as found themselves struggling at 12 for five.

Oliver Pearson single-handedly mounted a fightback as he managed a superb 52. When his knock finally ended so did his side’s chances of mounting a competitive score. as they were all out for 90, Javed finishing with six for 34 in 13 overs.

Rastrick’s bowling attack got off to a fine start when Kamran Hussain picked up an early wicket, but his side couldn’t capitalise and Lascelle Hall’s J. Booth (58 no) and C. Mitchell (19) saw them to victory with the loss of just three wickets.

Anil Singh had a good spell with the ball picking up two wickets for 17 runs in six overs, but the visitors were home in a canter inside 23 overs.

Rastrick’s game on the weekend is away to Emley Clarence on Sunday (1.00) as they groundshare with AFC Emley who are playing on the Saturday in the Baris NCEL Division One.

It is hoped they will have their major new signing Zafar Jadoon in the side and can start to show improved form as five clubs will be promoted this season, so there is plenty to aim for.

Rastrick Seconds were away to Lascelles Hall and batted first on another green strip and were soon in trouble when veteran Nigel Stead went for just one.

This brought Nick Marsden to the crease who built a strong partrnership with Colin Jowett, as both men showed some early season form.

Marsden fell for 53 and this brought about a collapse from the middle order as they stumbled towards a closing total of 138 for six, Jowett carrying his bat for 45.

Lascelles Hall never looked in any real trouble but were made to work hard for their runs.

They chased down the total inside 39 overs for the loss of of one wicket taken by Paul Shaw who bowled well in his 12 overs.