Improved display but Brighouse still suffer defeat by Gomersal

Actions from the game:- Lightcliffe v Hanging Heaton (cricket) at Lightcliffe.'Pictured is:- Umar Salim
Actions from the game:- Lightcliffe v Hanging Heaton (cricket) at Lightcliffe.'Pictured is:- Umar Salim

A much improved performance by Brighouse last Saturday saw them fall to a 42-run defeat by Gomersal.

New skipper Umar Salim made a battling 70 but it wasn’t enough to spare his side from picking up what would have been a morale-boosting win against the club he started his senior career with.

After winning the toss Salim put Gomersal in to bat first and after 50 overs they reached a total of 234 for three.

Brighouse found it hard to break through with Zaman, Jadoon and Hafeez sharing the wickets between them.

In reply the home side put up a good fight. Salim played a real captain’s innings hitting 70 off 76 balls before being caught by Gould off the bowling of Rob Ellis.

Sohail Hussain supported well, hitting 31 before a run out. Former Brighouse junior James Russell took three wickets for 31 against his old team.

The following day Brighouse travelled to Bankfoot where again their luck was out.

Bankfoot won the toss and put Brighouse in to bat, sending them back for 140 with six overs to spare.

Again there were some encouraging displays with the bat, Salim hitting 43 before he was caught and Mohammed Daud top scoring with 47.

Bankfoot reached their target of 141 losing five wickets in the process in 33 overs.

Sohail Hussain was the pick of the Brighouse bowling with two for 28 from his nine overs.

This week Brighouse face a stiff test at Undercliffe who have won their two opening games.

Brighouse’s second string lost to Windhill by four wickets on Saturday.

Batting first Brighouse reached 137 for nine off their 50 overs, Dan Dunkerley top scoring with 68, which included seven fours, before falling to Danny Maguire who finished with five wickets for 38.

In reply, Windhill finished on 140 for six with 12 overs to spare. Dunkerley completed a successful day with two wickets for 37.

Mohammed Daud and Adam Ashraf got the others.

The second team followed that up with a nine wicket defeat at the hands of league newcomers New Farnley.

Brighouse batted first and reached a total of 141 all out.

The Brighouse bowling attack failed to make any impression on New Farnley’s openers and they needed only 25 overs to reach their winning total of 142 for one.

Callum Firth grabbed the home side’s only wicket when he caught and bowled Reece Thompson.

Brighouse Seconds face a home fixture against Undercliffe this weekend who have also won their two opening games.

This Sunday sees the start of this year’s Workshops Competition at Russell Way.

Barge take on Casa at 1pm in the first of this year’s first round games.

Full Draw and provisional dates: Barge v Casa (May 5, 1pm), Swingers v Eastfield OB (May 12, 11am), Brighouse Old Boys FC v Special Boys (May 12, 1pm), MPs Gang v Top Club (June 2, 11am), Hindle v CEF (To be arranged), Dusty Miller v Brighouse Rangers (To be arranged), Utd Annodisers v Brighouse Sports Snooker (To be arranged).

Bye: Railway.