Brighouse edging up the table following fifth win of campaign

A fifth victory of the season took Brighouse 17 points clear of the bottom two in Division Two of the JCT600 Bradford League after a five wicket success against Windhill.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and Zafar Jadoon soon got to work, taking out the Windhill openers for only five runs. Johannes Vee then had Jack Holland caught to leave the visitors reeling at six for three.

Vee went on to take two more wickets to finish with impressive figures of three for 49 and captain Umar Salim weighed in with two for 13 as Windhill were restricted to 212 for nine after 50 overs.

In response, Brighouse’s opening pair of Hussain and Hafeez put on 22 and 41 respectively to give Brighouse a real chance of victory.

Umar Salim and Mohammed Daud then consolidated the innings with 41 and 45 to take Brighouse close.

In a tight finish Sohail Hussain and Sadaqat Zaman then took the home side over the line with only two overs to spare but this improving Brighouse side fully deserved the 18 points.

With another fixture against bottom of the table Great Horton coming up this weekend Brighouse will be looking to maintain their steady climb up the table.

Brighouse seconds were looking for better things away against bottom side Great Horton but they allowed the home side to build a total of 224 before bowling them out after 45 overs.

Dan Dunkerley took three for 46 and young Max Maloney took a wicket for the visitors, bowling Suhail Ahran.

His father Chris and his brother Dave Maloney did their best to get Brighouse back in the game, hitting 30 and 39 respectively.

Jamil Akhtar top scored with 44 but it was not enough as Brighouse fell 57 runs short being all out for 167 after 38 overs.

This week Brighouse seconds have a home fixture against mid table Gomersal.

The final round one game of this year’s Brighouse CC Workshops competition took place last Sunday with Railway defeating Eric Charlesworth’s TPL side.

TPL batted first and reached 115 for five off their 20 overs, with Schroeder top scoring with a confident 50.

In response Railway looked comfortable with Bob Dunn and Dean Kelly opening. They put on 33 between them before young Bailey Downs had Kelly trapped lbw.

Josh Milner hit 36 before he was bowled and it was left to Gary Williams (8no) and Guy Robertson (16no) to take them past their target losing only three wickets on the way.

Draw: Eastfield Old Boys v Brighouse Old Boys – Sunday July 21 11.00am, BSC Snooker Lads v CEF also Sunday, July 21 1.00pm, CASA v Railway - Sunday, August 4 11.00am, MPs Gang v Brighouse Rangers also Sunday, August 4 1.00pm.