Day to forget for sorry Brighouse after they collapse in heavy loss to Townville

Raja Naqeeb
Raja Naqeeb

Brighouse had the pleasure of Castleford club Townville CC for their first Bradford League Championship B visit to Russell Way.

Overnight rain passed by with half the intensity anticipated which left everyone in a quandary.

The wicket and outfield were playable but the persistent showers ended hope of a prompt start. Eventually the game was reduced from 50 overs to 30 and was underway.

Brighouse winning the toss put league leaders Townville into bat to deal with the drying conditions.

In his first over, Naqeeb produced two wides before putting in a peach of a ball that Jonathan Booth hoped to despatch for his first runs of the afternoon. Unfortunately, Zafar Jadoon – perfectly placed – took the catch comfortably..

Fellow opener Kristian Ward was joined by Australian overseas Minor Counties player Mathew Bremner, a pugnacious typical Aussie player of amicable character off the field but determined player on it.

Ward was next to go, again caught by Zafar off the bowling of Asad (14) with Bremner now up to 13 and 30-2.

The need for wickets became imperative with the score moving upwards as Bremner plundered the bad and loose balls for a series of fours as well as a six, quickly reaching 33 .

But he then popped one up in the air and Wajid was quick to react to remove the threat and leave the visitors on 70-3.

But there was no let up from the visitors with Jack Hughes, a former county player who had joined Bremner at the fall of Ward, picking up the pace of the track quickly, picking the gaps in the field to gain fours consistently – seven of them in total – in his 42.

With Bremner dismissed, Tim Walton, another former county player, was next up.

Walton, who hung his boots up at the end of the 2014 season, had been talked back into the game and showed he had not lost any of his skills by the year off. He ran and pushed a rapid 25. Khurshid, helmeted and close in got him with a good stumping as Walton went that little extra in trying to force the pace.

Hughes went bowled by Danyaal, Conor Harvey (13) too over reached, Khurshid pounced for his second stumping of the game. Townville skipper Nic Bresnan (8) fell to a catch to Asad again off Danyaal who grows in confidence with each passing week.

The close of the innings on 165-7 was a good return on a drying wicket with passing drizzle.

Looking forward to the best of the day to bat Zafar and Danyaal faced last year’s Brighouse opener Nadim who moved just before the season started.

Hughes with his spin took the other end, between them they cut a suave through the Brighouse batting, reducing them to 28-8, the hosts eventually being skittled out for just 48.

Nadim (3-22) and Hughes (5-7) were the main cause of the damage, with Bresnan putting the final nail in the innings with 1-0 as he bowled young Faisal to round off a frustrating day for the hosts.