Mixed fortune for Brighouse line ups in quickfire fixtures

Actions from the Priestley Cup Cricket, Lightcliffe v Woodlands at Lightcliffe CC. Pictured is Josh Wheatley.
Actions from the Priestley Cup Cricket, Lightcliffe v Woodlands at Lightcliffe CC. Pictured is Josh Wheatley.

It was a mixed weekend for Brighouse CC with two short games, one ending in defeat and one in victory.

The first team, visiting mid-table Yeadon, won the toss and elected to bat.

From the outset the visiting batsmen struggled to cope with the bowling of Yeadon’s Oliver Halliday.

After bowling out opener Zahir Hussain for 14 he went on to have new boy Johannes Vee caught for 16 and then trapped captain Umar Salim lbw for a rare duck.

Opener Craig Robson top scored on 17. Brighouse were eventually all out for 101 off 42 overs.

In response Sohail Hussain bowled well, taking three for 25 off his eight overs but it was not enough as Yeadon coasted past their target after only 24 overs with opener Shaun Miller unbeaten on 57.

This six wicket defeat put Brighouse back to the depths of Division Two with only Great Horton below them.

With a home game coming up against second-placed neighbours Spen Victoria this Saturday, Brighouse need to be at their best to add to their three wins this season and will need to re-discover the form they showed in the recent defeat of high flying New Farnley.

Brighouse Seconds were able to field a strong side at home against lowly Idle and added another welcome seven wicket victory to lift them into 11th place in Division Two of the second team table.

A great return to action for Greg Osborne saw him take four wickets for 35 off his 14 overs.

Veteran Dave Maloney also maintained his excellent run of form with 3 for 26 off his 12 overs.

Idle lasted only 35 overs and were all out for only 113. In response Mohammed Daud (61) and Dan Dunkerley (35) soon knocked off the runs.

Dunkerley was eventually caught by his own man who was acting as substitute fielder.

Jay Mistry saw Brighouse pass their target after only 20 overs to secure a valuable seven wicket win.

This Saturday the second string visit Bankfoot who are only a couple of places above them in the table and with this strong side out again should be confident of adding another victory.