Brighouse CC pulled off the shock result of the day in Division 2 of the JCT 600 Bradford League with a stunning five wicket victory over leaders Farsley, who had lost only two games up to Saturday.
Brighouse have developed a knack of upsetting the top clubs. Earlier this season they defeated New Farnley and they are certainly having an impact on the battle for promotion.
Zahir Hussain (51) and Sadaqat Zaman (37) were the main contributors to the Brighouse score of 180-8 as off-spinner Mark Harrison (4-62) proved to be the best of the Farsley bowlers.
Earlier in the season 180 may have proved insufficient against the leaders but this current Brighouse side with eight wins under their belt are brimming with confidence.
Farsley looked to be building their response steadily but wickets started to fall at regular intervals with Mohammed Hafeez (3 for 39) and Sohail Hussain (4 for 27) doing the damage.
At 158 for 6 the leaders still looked to be favourites, with Barrie Frankland hitting 35 and even at 174 for 9 and six runs short, most of the spectators still backed the leaders to scrape home.
However, with seven balls left Sadaqat Zaman bowled Frankland to give Brighouse another top scalp and another valuable 18 points.
With confidence at such a high and another home game coming up this Saturday, Brighouse should have too much for Idle who sit two places below them in the division.
Mark Allison’s second string also produced a great performance at high flying Pudsey St Lawrence, narrowly losing out with three balls to spare.
Allison won the toss and elected to bat first. With Chris Maloney continuing his excellent form with the bat and Chris Dunkerley supporting, Brighouse put themselves in a good position.
Maloney’s 68 and Dunkerley’s 39 provided a strong base and allowed Brighouse to post a total of 231 for 9 off their 50 overs.
In response PSL struggled to get to grips with the bowling of Dan Dunkerley (3 for 66) and Kamran Khan (2 for 58) and wickets fell at regular intervals and at 178 for 8 Brighouse had real hopes of a victory.
However, Wilson and Thornton helped PSL scrape home with only three balls to spare.
Top scorer Maloney was in a real positive mood even in defeat and said: “We deserved to win and we are now starting to compete against the top sides and we can look forward with confidence to our trip to Saltaire on Saturday.”