Dominant Abbas in control to leave hosts unable to compete

Brighouse 2nd XI entertained Baildon at Russell Way, with captain Nick Patefield looking forward to grabbing some much-needed points to kick on the second half of the season.

His team struck early, with Zulfikar caught out by Jay Mistry off the bowling of Kieran Collins at 1-1.

Mistry again showed a safe pair of hands to send visiting skipper Brad Hinchliffe on his way for 23 and to make it 50-2.

Maroon Rashid (8) became Jay’s third victim to leave the visitors on 68-3.

Aamir Rehman came in at No 5 to join Umar Abbas, who had quietly being making progress while watching his colleagues come and go.

But the pair then put together an impressive 154-run fourth-wicket partnership, Abbas having already reached his century when Rehmann departed for 83 with the score on 222-4.

Abbas then took control, with his subsequent partners nothing more than bit-part players.

As the overs ran down, Abbas continued to impress and was well-supported in particular by Majid Hussain, who ened on 29 not out and stood aside at the end for his team-mate to take the applause for a well-contructed 156 not out in a daunting Baildon total of 312.

The pressure was on almost immediately, with Naga and Bradley Patefield quickly back in the pavilion to leave the hosts reeling on 6-2.

Awaise (54) Jay Mistry (26) and Max Maloney (36) all got in without going on to make the required big score to make any chase realistic.

But when Kim Collins was sixth out with the score on 139, it was effectively game over for the home side.

That became even more the case when David Maloney was run out nine to leave Brighouse on 143-7.

Paolo Girardi then kept captain Patefield company with the pair adding 51 to the reply during their time at the wicket together.

Patefield was eventually bowled for 21, but Paolo finished unbeaten on 44 to see the hosts to 211-8, with six points gained for holding out for the losing draw.