Brighouse fail to beat the weather and cup foes

Cricket - Brighouse v Hanging Heaton'Chris Maloney bats for Brighouse
Cricket - Brighouse v Hanging Heaton'Chris Maloney bats for Brighouse

Brighouse Cricket Club’s chances of following up last week’s double success was thwarted by the poor weather.

On Saturday, the first XI were due to host Keighley at Russell Way but despite the best efforts of groundsman Russell Livesey, assisted by Phil Allison and ex-Brighouse, now Keighley player, Richard Robinson, the game was lost to the elements.

Over at Manningham Mills the second string players arrived to find an extremely wet track with no prospect of play.

However, the following day saw both sides saw cup action.

The first team went into their Sovereign Healthcare Priestley Cup second round game at Bankfoot in good spirits.

Captain Umar Salim won the toss and elected to bat. However, the visitors found it difficult to build on last week’s success and only opener Craig Robson with a top score of 24 had any sort of success.

Bankfoot’s Kamran Siddique did most of the damage, taking four wickets for 37 runs off his 10 overs as Brighouse were eventually bowled out for 110. Brighouse’s Zaffar Jaddoon took five for 19 but couldn’t save his side from a one wicket defeat.

Brighouse face a difficult test this Saturday with a visit to league leaders Farsley who have won all of their six games so far.

On Bank Holiday Monday they visit bottom side Idle and after their recent good form will be confident of another victory.

Brighouse seconds faced a stern away test against high flying Baildon in their Priestley Shield second round tie.

The hosts batted first and thanks to a fifth-wicket stand of 127 by Jonny Baines (114) and Muhammad Bilal (57), they gained control of the game.

Baines was eventually caught and bowled by Dan Dunkerley (three for 31), but Baildon ammassed a total of 273 for nine off the 50 overs.

Brighouse fought hard in reply with Chris Maloney hitting 67 and Dan Dunkerley 50, but they eventually ran out of overs and reached 178 for six.

Another tough fixture awaits this Saturday with the visit of top side Pudsey St Lawrence, who have won six out of six so far.

On Monday, May 27 eighth-placed Saltaire seconds visit Russell Way with a good prospect of Brighouse adding another victory in their Division Two campaign.