Brothers lead first success

BRIGHOUSE made the trip to Keighley looking to kick start their season after a poor showing the previous week against Hartshead Moor.

The selectors made one change to the team by bringing in Aleem Laddak on his debut, to open the bowling with his brother Adil.

Skipper Greg Osborne won the toss and chose to bowl on a dry but green looking track, a move which proved fruitful as the ex-Lightcliffe CC brothers got stuck into the top order of the home team!

Aleem had danger man, and ex-Brighouse and Baildon player, Richard Robinson caught behind for a duck in the very first over.

Between them the pair made life very difficult for the batsmen, bowling a total of 24 overs bagging five wickets for only 51 runs.

Osborne also got in on the act with a great 10 over spell, claiming four wickets for only 30 runs.

Brighouse were outstanding in the field also, with Dean Crossley taking a stunning catch.

Keighley were bowled out for 119 with eight overs left.

After tea, the run chase did not go all Brighouse’s way.

Robinson, who failed with the bat, was determined to make an impact on the game and, with his right arm slow bowling, claimed five of the top seven batsmen in his 15 overs, conceding only 21 runs.

West, Crossley and Brown all made positive starts but none could carry their bat through to the end.

Nails were starting to get bitten as numbers eight and nine had to knock off 40 runs for the win.

Aleem Laddak and Paul Eachus enjoyed the challenge and batted confidently till the score reached 115, when Eachus was bowled by Davidson.

Skipper Osborne joined Laddak at the crease and supported Aleem as he finished the job with an unbeaten 20.

Brighouse claimed victory with 15 overs in hand and one wicket still remaining.

Osborne said: “Our first half performance was second to none and I’m very happy with that, but after tea we left a lot to be desired on the batting front.

“We made hard work for ourselves but still came away with a victory so it’s a great result.

“We’ll hit the training field hard this week and prepare thoroughly for when Morley visit on Saturday (1.30pm).