Seconds showed plenty of spirit

BRIGHOUSE Seconds elected to field on a damp wicket in their game with Cleckheaton.

They started well with young bowler Asad Hussain taking the first Cleckheaton wicket in his third over.

David Maloney followed up taking the next two with only 30 runs scored.

Brighouse were very much on top with Maloney and Daniel Dunkerley bowling well in tandem – together they reduced the visitors to 136 for seven - and confidence was surging.

The home side had not banked on the strength of the Cleckheaton tail, who started to hit boundaries thick and fast and they reached 236 all out.

In reply, opening pair Dunkerley and Nigel Elkin started well and looked in good touch until Dunkerley got a ball that rose on a length and was caught behind for 13.

Chris Maloney joined Elkin and they soon put 40 runs on the board and looked set, until Maloney nicked a wide ball to the keeper for 20.

Hussain quickly followed without scoring and when Elkin was clean bowled for 32 the visitors sensed a mini collapse.

David Boulton, playing his first game since breaking his collar bone in the second match of the season, and newcomer Ali Junaid quickly got the home side back on track and the score rattled along to 134 for four with 26 overs remaining.

Disaster struck when Junaid was caught behind having scored 26 and three further wickets fell in relatively quick succession.

Boulton’s resistance did not last and he was dismissed, caught and bowled, five short of a deserved half century.

Brighouse were eventually dismissed for 167.

Maloney takes his side to Undercliffe on Saturday where he will be looking for the same fighting spirit he has instilled in the team and is confident they’ll do well.