LADY Luck deserted Brighouse yet again as they suffered a disappointing JCT600 Bradford League Division Two defeat at the hands of local rivals Hartshead Moor
Brighouse were without inspirational skipper Chris Maloney with a hand tendon injury. Vice-captain Will Smith stepped up to lead the side into a fixture which was expected to be competitive as usual.
Hartshead captain Simon North won the toss and elected to bat on a drying wicket.
Adil Ladak opened the bowling with David Maloney. Opener Nathan Madden was caught leg before for a duck with the score on four before Tahiti Majid caught Reece Jennison off Ladak for six as Hartshead struggled at 14 for two.
Craig Field joined Graham Hilton and the pair proceeded to build a score. Kamran Khan again showed his value by encouraging Field to an edge, snapped up by keeper Dan Dunkerley for 32, before offering Graham Hilton a scoring shot taken by Mathew Senior, ending his resilience on 27 with the score now 68 for four.
A captain’s innings was required and Simon North and Daniel Squire dug in before Khan’s persistence took out North for 19 before repeating the feat with Squire for 23 to put Hartshead back on the rack at 127 for six.
The Brighouse captain brought himself on and returned seven overs for 12 runs and four wickets, complimenting Khan’s 14 overs, three maidens, and 37 runs for his four wickets as Hartshead were all out for 145 in 45 overs.
Brighouse opener Dominic Walsh joined partner Senior to commence a controlled response at 2.6 an over which seemed to be in their range.
Nathan Madden enticed a shot from Senior (16) that Field caught to create the breakthrough. Squire took advantage of the disruption to the opening pair, bowling Dominic Walsh For 17 as Brighouse lurched to 35 for two. That left Smith and Umar Salim looking to make the game safe.
However. Squire claimed the crucial wicket with Umar caught by Jennings without scoring and Brighouse dropped to 38 for three.
A bowling change put Martin Riley on for the first of his seven overs. Dan Dunkerley, mindful of the slowing run rate, picked one up when on four for George Saville to snatch the catch. Saville, with 14 overs, six maidens, 19 runs for six wickets, then took the last five wickets for 17 runs, two of which were bowled as Brighouse finished on 80 all out.
BRIGHOUSE seconds suffered a 10 wicket defeat by Bradford & Bingley.
The Russell Way outfit batted first and were back in the pavilion for 86 in 41 overs.
Richard McCarthy (5-19) and Adam Swallow (3-8) did the damage and when the Bees batted they soon achieved their target, the 90 runs coming in 14.2 overs, with Warren Allitt 58 not out.
HARTSHEAD Moor seconds were back to form in their game with Hanging Heaton, rattling up 244 for six in their 50 overs to bag 18 points from a 66 run victory.
Rob Ellis hit a fine 90 and brother Martin carried his bat for 75. The Dewsbury side’s Chris Lawson returned best figures of four for 52.
Hanging Heaton were never in the hunt but frustrated the High Moor Lane boys as they held out on 178 for six.
Lawson produced a man of the match performance as he hit 35 with Mark Inwood (34) and Michael Smith (30) also among the runs.
BADGER Hill returned to winning ways by beating Denby Dale A.
After winning the toss, skipper Mick Roberts put the visitors in to bat.
Kris Gorringe and Andy Wood kept the visitors in check without finding a breakthrough.
Benjamin Oakland came in to the attack and ripped through the batting line up with some fine pace bowling, finishing with five for 12. He was well supported by youngster Paul Carter (3-32) as Denby Dale were bowled out for 87.
Badgers got off to a stuttering start with the high order struggling to make any impact. Veterans Nicholas Dare (19 no) and Deano Swift (26) steadied the ship and put on a vital partnership. as Badgers finished on 91 for five.