Brighouse enjoy a double success to move up leagues

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

It was a great weekend for Brighouse CC as both teams recorded victories which lifted them both up their respective league tables.

At Russell Way, the first team defeated Great Horton by an emphatic eight wickets to record their second-successive win.

On a cold, rain affected wicket, Brighouse elected to field first and the visiting wickets soon started to tumble with Sadaqat Zaman inflicting the damage against his former club.

Zaman took three wickets for only 20 runs in his 12 overs. The visitors found themselves in deep trouble on 64 for 8 before Ibrahim Mohammed’s unbeaten 45 took the score on to 113 for 8 after the restricted 40 overs.

Despite the showers, Brighouse were able to reach their goal in only 23 overs. Openers Zahir Hussain and Dominic Walsh both scored nine runs apiece before stumper Mohammed Kurshid and captain Umar Salim got to work.

Kurshid top scored with an unbeaten 41 and Salim added 36 to take Brighouse on to victory at 116 for 2 to earn 14 valuable points and take them to their highest league position for some time.

With confidence rising, this coming Saturday they take on sixth-placed Keighley at Russell Way with a Priestley Cup visit to Bankfoot on Sunday.

Brighouse Second XI finally got their rewards with an emphatic first win of the season, beating Gomersal by seven wickets.

Gomersal batted first and put on 35 before some inspired bowling from Dave Maloney and Kamran Khan gave the visitors a real chance of victory. Khan took four wickets for 26 runs off his 12 overs. Maloney, who retired last year due to persistent knee problems, was able to rediscover his old form with three for 15 off his 12 overs.

Captain Mark Allison was also in great form taking three catches behind the stumps. Gomersal crept past the 100 mark, reaching 104 all out with two overs left in the locker.

In reply, Christian Dunkerley opened with a top score of 46 before being bowled by Hirst. Adam Ashraf weighed in with 23 before Dan Dunkerley (11 no) and Jason Horsley with an unbeaten 17 took the visitors on to victory after 19 overs.

The 15 points lifted Brighouse away from the bottom of the table and they will hope to repeat the feat this Saturday when they visit Manningham Mills, who are one place above them in Division Two.

On Sunday, they face a very difficult Priestley Shield game away at Baildon who are third in Division One of the reserve team competition.

Captain Mark Allison said: “This victory has been coming since the start of the season. We have a bigger squad of experienced players this year and the win was well deserved. It puts us in a good place for the coming weekend.”