BRIGHOUSE welcomed Spen Victoria to commence the second half of the JCT600 Bradford League Division Two season.
However, their hopes of achieving a victory were dashed as the visitors bagged the points from a 68 run success
Brighouse skipper Chris Maloney invited Spen to bat, a decision that gave immediate returns with Will Smith trapping Nick Rushworth lbw for one with only three runs on the board.
Greg Osborne then quickly removed second opener Peter Jackson without scoring after which Tosh Baker and Matthew Garside brought stability to the innings before Smith struck again with Garside going for 39 with the score on 81.
The arrival of Spen’s overseas professional Daniel Shuffe saw Baker get the partner he needed. They pushed the score on to 171 before Smith had Shuffe out for 56, quickly followed by Baker for 69. Ben Platt’s steady 39 helped post a total to 212 for six.
The Brighouse response was conducted with confidence. Matthew Senior, opening for the first time with Craig Robson, was bowled by former Brighouse colleague Craig Woodhead for just two.
Robson and Umar Salim dug in until Garside took a fine catch off Burton to remove Robson for 18. Salim followed immediately after scoring 17 and it was 38 for three.
Smith and Dan Dunkerley batted with confidence, both batsmen producing some fine shots. Platt then trapped Smith leg before for 29 and then bowled Dunkerley on 54 with the score on 129 for five.
That really took the engine from Brighouse. The need for more runs for batting points cost five fairly cheap wickets before the innings closed on 152.
Brighouse were then unable to get the better of promotion-chasing Morley on Sunday as Kashif Naveed punctured their hopes with a man-of-the-match display in a 99-run defeat.
The hosts won the toss and decided to bat.
Smith struck early, bowling opener Chris Rodwell for seven with the score on 11. Fellow opener, Brighouse old boy GaryWainwright, became the victim of the brothers Maloney, David bowling and Chris catching to make it 15 for two.
The euphoria was short lived as the effort brought to the wicket overseas player Naveed, who went on to score 142 not out aided by Matthew Baxter (13) and Adam Larkin (55), who relentlessly plundered the Brighouse bowling.
Naveed provided a masterclass in power play with 50 coming in 84 balls and his 100 in 121 balls.
Larkin advanced down the wicket to give Salim his only wicket of the day and Morley completed their innings on 228.
Brighouse needed patience and nerve in reply. Opening bowlers Matthew Dowse and second team prospect Spenser Horsfall provided rapid deliveries for the Brighouse boys to deal with. Robson was lbw for no score and opening partner Senior, beaten by pure pace, lost his middle stump, for six.
Morley were now in the groove and bowled Salim (3), David Maloney (0) and Saturday’s hero Dunkerley (7), in a spell that sealed the game.
Smith (59 not out), Kamran Khan, back from a long lay off with 20, and Zahir Hussain (23) batted well to take Brighouse to a batting point and respectability against a well set up side.