Super Saturday, but mixed Sunday for Brighouse first and seconds

On a double header weekend Brighouse had a brilliant Saturday with both teams recording victories.

But they fared less well on Sunday with an abandoned game for the first XI and the seconds losing at high flying New Farnley.

Sadaqat Zaman put in an outstanding all round performance as Brighouse defeated Keighley by two wickets. Keighley batted first but could not handle Zaman’s bowling as he took out their opening fours batsman for only 31 runs.

Jack Beetham helped the visitors rally to 165 all out with a knock of 56.

Another good bowling performance from Stead (5-48) restricted Brighouse’s response and at 68 for 6 they looked to be in trouble but Zaman with 39 and Mohammed Kurshid with 37 ensured Brighouse got over the line with 10 balls to spare.

On Sunday, at home to Bankfoot the visitors dismissed Brighouse for 146. Mohammad Khurshid (38) and Zahir Hussain (32) were Brighouse’s top scorers. Bankfoot were 8-1 after 13 balls when stumps were drawn as the heavy rain fell.

This Saturday, Brighouse face league leaders Farsley at Russell Way and will do well to get a result against a side who have lost only twice.

An opening stand of almost 100 from Brighouse openers Chris Maloney and Jay Mistry gave Brighouse seconds a great start against bottom side Manningham Mills. Maloney scored the bulk of these with a superb knock of 80, including 17 boundaries before he was bowled by Sabir Khan. Dan Dunkerley almost matched him, hitting 73 as he carried Brighouse towards a total of 252 all out.

Greg Osbourne took 5-29 as Brighouse bowled out Manningham Mills for 129 to secure a 123-run win. Raees Khan (43) top scored for Mills.

On Sunday at New Farnley Brighouse seconds fell to a five wicket defeat against third placed New Farnley. Brighouse were restricted to a total of 169 all out with Jay Mistry top scoring on 43, supported by Steve Warrea and Jamil Akhtar on 30 apiece. Reece Thompson hit a brisk 68 and Alex Baldwin (47) as New Farnley overhauled a Brighouse score of 169. Another difficult away fixture awaits this week as fourth place Pudsey St Lawrence host Brighouse Seconds.

The final two quarter final games in the Brighouse CC Annual Workshops competition take place this Sunday with Casa taking on Railway at 11am, with the winners taking on the either reigning champions MP’s Gang or Brighouse Rangers who play at 1pm.