BRIGHOUSE CC were unable to get the better of fellow Bradford League Division Two strugglers Idle as they fell 23 runs short at Russell Way.
Idle won the toss and elected to bat on a firm track. Wickets came quickly with Idle rocked at 58 for three, Aleem Ladak taking the first two with fine catches by Chris Maloney and Will Smith. Kamaran Khan grabbed the third with a leg before.
Harpal Singh steadily built an innings to guide his team out of trouble while Sohail Hussain (27) and Jack Carter (29) also made good runs against determined bowling.
The warm weather meant frequent bowling changes. Matthew Senior, who has not bowled competitively since breaking his ankle three seasons ago, came back for three rapid overs while Khan recorded four for 65, which included Singh leg before for 77, as Idle posted 198.
Another new opening pairing of Will Smith and Zahir Hussain got the home side off to a solid start until a forward push saw Smith bowled for 23. Hussain accumulated 58 before he was bowled by Sohail Hussain.
The game was evenly-balanced at 89 for two and Robson, Chris Maloney and skipper Umar Salim dug in well scoring 7, 13 and 19 respectively to lift the total to 143 for five.
Senior batted sensibly but Idle’s Michael Kemp produced a superb spell of bowling, dismissing Tahir Majid followed by Tony Leighton to help leave Brighouse 23 runs short.
BRIGHOUSE seconds suffered two defeats in the double header weekend despite some fine form with the bat from former New Zealand rugby union and league player, and now the Brighouse Sport Club’s assistant steward Steve Waerea.
He hit 38 in a total of 219 against Bradford & Bingley while former footballer Jason Horsley hit 103 not out and ex-Brighouse Rangers forward Simon Cresswell made 30 on his cricketing comeback.
Had the last five Brighouse batsmen, who all failed to trouble the scorer, posted a few runs then the locals may just have had enough in the bank to beat the Bees.
They lost four wickets in chasing down the total but only had four overs left as Warren Allitt hit 101, Rob Dunn (25) and Richard Dixon (35).
In the second game against Idle, Waerea hit 49 out of a total of 113 as Brighouse set about trying to overtake their opponents’ 252 for eight. James Massleden (58) and Sam Johnson (51no) had plundered almost half of that total while John Potkins had peservered with three for 66.