Salim satisfied as Brighouse take credit from campaign

The CASA team who won the Workshops Cricket final
The CASA team who won the Workshops Cricket final

Brighouse were hoping for victory number 12 in their fixture at fourth- placed Spen Victoria to finish what has been a successful first season under skipper Umar Salim.

However, they were restricted to 111 all out after 35 overs with Zafar Jadoon (35) and Umar Salim (20) top scoring as the league’s leading wicket taker Rob Burton (three for 14) and Ben Platt (three for 35) got to work.

Sadaqat Zaman (three for 20) did his best to stem the Spen response but the home side reached their target after 29 overs losing only four wickets in the process.

Brighouse finished 10th in Division Two, their highest position for eight years.

The highlights were undoubtedly the stunning victories against eventual champions Farsley and runners up New Farnley.

Along the way their nine game unbeaten run is probably a club record.

Salim hit over 500 runs and Zahir Hussain over 400. Bowler Sadaqat Zaman helped himself to 40 wickets and there were some great all round performances from the whole team.

“We have performed way above everyone’s expectation in my first season as skipper and the new boys have worked really hard for the club,” said Salim.

“ The unbeaten run and victories against top sides just demonstrates what we might have achieved had we had a more settled side earlier in the season.”

The annual end of season Sportsman Dinner will take place in the function room on Friday , October 25.

Guest speaker will be former Yorkshire and England cricketer Arnie Sidebottom. who also played football for Manchester United, Halifax Town and Huddersfield Town.

There will be some quality sporting items for auction and tickets are £30 each or a table for ten for £300.

Tickets can be obtained by ringing Russell on 07910931989 or calling at Brighouse Sports Club.

Brighouse II finished the season on a high after a quick seven wicket win at home to Bankfoot.

The eight men visitors were skittled out for only 89 after 26 overs.

Jamil Akhtar (four for 15) inflicted the damage along with Jay Mistry (three for 30).

It took Brighouse 12 overs to reach the 90 required with Chris Maloney hitting 42 and Dan Dunkerley 27.

The victory pulled Brighouse off the bottom of the table and top scorer Chris Maloney said: “It was brilliant to end the season with a win.

“We have managed to compete in every game and have also been able to blood a couple of youngsters along the way.”

Last Sunday saw the climax of the 99th annual Cricket Workshops competition hosted by Brighouse Cricket Club.

Last year’s beaten finalists, Brighouse Sports Snooker Lads, were hoping to go one better this time against Jack McDaid’s strong CASA outfit.

The 30 overs per side final saw Snooker Lads batting first and they built a steady total with Royston Light and Paul Coleman both hitting 24.

Nigel Marshall led the way with an excellent 49 not out including six fours. He eventually ran out of partners as CASA bowled them out for 170, Graham Tait grabbing two for 16 off his three overs.

In reply CASA were some way off the required run rate but managed to keep more wickets intact.

Father and son duo Matty and Paul Graham led the way, Matty hitting 29.

He was supported by Tom Love who hit a quick 27 before being bowled by Gary Barraclough. However, veteran Paul Graham kept the scoreboard ticking over as he retired on 50.

Needing one run off the last ball of the game Alex Tait swept the ball to the boundary to take CASA to a thrilling victory on 174 for eight.

Organiser Russell Livesey presented the trophy to the winning captain and thanked his volunteer team of helpers in keeping the competition running through to its centenary next year.