Brighouse fail to prosper on dry track

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Baildon took full advantage of a dry pitch at Russell Way when captain Craig Hitchenor won the toss and elected to bowl at Brighouse in their Bradford League Division Two match.

Dominic Walsh and Mathew Senior made a solid start, before Senior steered a slower ball from Hitchenor straight to slip and Jonny Reynolds for six. Walsh went on 15, stumped charging Mushtag Ahmed’s relentless in swingers.

Smith, confident from his 91 last week, looked to Umar Salim to partner him once again and steady the ship for a bowlable score.

The lbw decision for Salim again broke the run with Brighouse now 49 for three and the usual problem resurfacing.

Ahmed (4-18) and Reynolds (5-22) in tandem removed the next seven wickets for 38 runs to leave Brighouse with an unlikely defendable score of 87.

Kamran Khan then removed Gharib Razak, bowled for eight runs, enticed Tom Smallwood into an air shot for Smith to catch for nine and they were 27 for two.

Skipper Chris Maloney lobbed tamely to Simon Webb for an easy catch before Chris Maloney put himself on to bowl at his nemesis Webb, trapping him leg before on 17.

Reynolds (48) and backup Kasir Maroof (7) took Baildon home.

A low scoring game saw the Lightcliffe second team prevail over a useful and experienced Yeadon outfit. in their Bradford League Division One game.

A lunch time cloud burst left the outfield sodden and skipper Matty Taylor struggling to pinpoint where the wicket was, the one that was covered up provided the clue.

The visitors were put in to bat and after the early departure of Seraj, Liam Collins dug in with Michael Brooke to see off the new ball.

The bowlers kept on trucking and the batsmen kept on dotting out. Something had to give, and when Collins went for 10, Brooke for 39 and Taylor for 29 it looked like the visitors would struggle to post 100. A useful late spell from Darfield helped peg the score back; however a classical late 18 not out from Brucie Lunn, a huge six from Marcus Kelly, and other contributions lifted the score to 134.

The visitors reply started well; at 42 for one the hosts were odds on favourites.

But then the scoreboard got stuck on 52; for 10 overs at least it didn’t move as Dan Ahmed, Matty Taylor, Marcus Kelly and Tom Lightcliffe pegged the batsmen back.

And when Kelly’s first ball removed Gilks with a terrific turner, there was a sense of self confidence and hope amongst the fielders. The wickets were falling but not regularly enough, despite a number of magic balls on a spell bounding wicket.

At 120 for six, and only 15 needed, the game’s defining moment happened. Taylor caught Pickering lbw.

Panic set in among the Yeadon ranks, a run out, a swish and a miss and every fielder pouncing brought victory in sight. It was sealed in the penultimate over with a dramatic run out.

Chris Dyer said: “Wow! What a game of cricket. One of the best I have ever been involved in.”

BRIGHOUSE Seconds played out a high scoring game at Great Horton who posted a target of 248.

Mohammed Daud scored 101 of the 247 all out total and Mohammed Junaid took five for 59 for Brighouse.

John Potkins with 46 top scored for Brighouse as they went after the target only to find Muhammed Riaz (4-34) and Jayan Mistry (3-16) putting the skids under their later order batsmen.

AFTER two really positive weeks and some good victories it was back down to earth with a massive bump last Saturday for both of the Hartshead Moor teams.

Spen Victoria in the Bradford League Division Two game bowled Hartshead Moor out for 105 in 28.2 overs, only Martin Riley holding on to his spot at the crease as he went back to the pavilion unbeaten on 33.

Rob Barton (6-48) and Joel Pollard (3-20) caused the damage before witnessing the Highmoor Lane boys making their batsmen battle all the way for victory by five wickets. Spen took 36.1 overs to get the winning run as Ben Platt top scored with 31 not out.

The second XI lost by nine wickets to Farsley after being bowled out for 108, Chris Brook taking three for 51.

Farsley knocked off the required runs in 21 overs thanks to Ross Monaghan (66no) and Gary Walton (35no).