Brighouse’s season up and running after Undercliffe victory

Actions from the cricket game Brighouse v Hartshead Moor at Russell Way.'Pictured is Dominic Walsh for Brighouse
Actions from the cricket game Brighouse v Hartshead Moor at Russell Way.'Pictured is Dominic Walsh for Brighouse

Brighouse recorded their first win of the JCT600 Bradford League season at high flyers Undercliffe to the delight of club official Peter Bradley.

Brighouse captain Umar Salim won the toss and elected to bat first.

Openers Dominic Walsh and Zahir Hussain put on 29 before Salim again played a major role, hitting 67 before he was caught by Sardar off the bowling of Amir Hussain, who finished with impressive figures of five for 48.

Salim was well supported by Mohammed Kurshid who reached 44 before falling lbw to Hussain. The rest of the team all chipped in and took the final score to 205 for nine off their 50 overs.

Undercliffe were always chasing the game and Brighouse bowler Sohail Hussain inflicted the bulk of the damage, finishing with figures of six for 35 off his 13 overs.

Undercliffe were struggling at 69 for five, but Ben Heritage (80) took the score on to 148 for six before he was stumped by Mohammad Kurshid.

At 180 for eight it looked to be heading for a very close finish before Sohail Hussain skittled out the tailenders with the score on 201.

“We have improved steadily in each match since the season began and this time everything came together and the lads got their just rewards,” said Bradley.

Brighouse’s second XI had their pre-match plans affected due to an injury to Craig Robson as they went down to a home defeat by Undercliffe.

Jamil Akhtar, however, made a welcome return to action following his finger injury in the first game of the season.

Undercliffe batted first and after Steve Waerea caught opener Phil Drake with the total on 21, the visitors settled down to reach a total of 253 for eight off 50 overs.

Dan Dunkerley was the pick of the Brighouse bowling taking three wickets. Veteran Dave Maloney also made a return with the ball but was unable to break through as Undercliffe skipper Phil Dixon top scored with 64.

In reply, Chris Maloney led the way with 65, including 11 fours, before being bowled by Darren Drake. He was well supported by Jason Horsley on 33 and the hard hitting Kiwi Waerea on 25.

Brighouse eventually reached a score of 186 to fall short of the visitors’ total.

The Brighouse CC Workshops competition opened with a game between two evenly matched sides, Barge against Casa.

Barge looked to be struggling on 39 for five but opener Pete Fellows ensured they reached a respectable total before retiring on 50. Dean Wright (15) and Mark Wells (13) also batted well.

Fellows then stumped Casa opener Graham Tait off the bowling of Kevin Hall for three.

Veteran Hall inflicted further damage when he bowled opener Matty Graham for 26 and was on the brink of a hat-trick when he had Jones caught by Fellows for a duck.

Hall finished his two overs with three for eight. However, Tom Love scored an impressive 53 before he retired, including eight fours and a six.

Matty Metcalf (18no) ensured Casa won the game, reaching 116 for three with 10 overs to spare.

This Sunday sees Barney’s Swingers face Eastfield Old Boys at 11am. The match between Brighouse Old Boys and Special Boys will be re-arranged due to the ground not being available.