BRIGHOUSE allowed Morley to take top spot in the JCT600 Bradford League Division Two when losing by a single run, as Adil Ladak was run out off the last ball of the match.
Earlier, Aleem Ladak had reduced the visitors to 0 for two before a stand of 153 for the third wicket gave them some hope.
Will Smith bowled tightly, taking three wickets for only 29 runs in his 12 overs, and by the time Ladak struck again, Morley had reached a total of 192.
Dean Crossley hit an outstanding 93 runs in reply but only Matthew West (31) and John Ferris (27) made double figures as Brighouse never really took a stranglehold of the match.
Nebbard, for Morley, returned figures of four for eight off 15 overs and tied the home batsmen down with some fine spin bowling.
l IN Sunday’s away game, Brighouse gave Windhill too many runs as they amassed a huge 338 for seven, a total Brighouse never looked like chasing down.
Skipper Greg Osborne took four for 60 in seven overs, while Aleem Ladak, Will Smith and young Liam Collins chipped in with a wicket each.
Matthew West scored a fine 111, carrying his bat through the innings but was unable to build a partnership that could have put real pressure on the home team.
Brighouse will regroup after a disappointing weekend but look forward to the visit of Idle on Saturday (1.30pm) who lie three places below them in the league.
l KEIGHLEY won the toss and chose to bat on a very good batting wicket, reaching a total of 237 for six in their home game with Brighouse’s second team.
Brighouse bowled well but did not have any luck despite beating the edge on a number of occassions.
Dan Dunkerley was the pick of the bowlers with two for 51 off 15 overs.
With recent performances in mind, Brighouse were confident but losing wickets regularly put pressure on the incoming batsmen and only Christian Dunkerley (32) offered any resistance as they were bowled out for just 103.
l IN Sunday’s home game with Manningham Mills, Chris Maloney chose to bat believing they could match the total they posted the week before.
However, after the first two overs Brighouse had lost three wickets and with only 26 runs on the board they lost their fourth.
Daniel Dunkerley (70) and Mark Jeffery (23) steadied it with a partnership of 58, but wickets started to fall and the home side were all out for 147.
Mills’ opening pair of Javed Iqbal (69) and Zaffran Ghafter (59) made the Brighouse bowlers toil for no reward and knocked the runs off in just 22 overs.
One bright spot was youngster Bradley Patefield who has performed well in the junior teams previously.
Despite a disappointing weekend spirits are still high and Maloney is looking forward to the trip to Bankfoot on Saturday.