Brighouse still on a roller-coaster ride

Cricket - Brighouse v Hanging Heaton'Chris Maloney bats for Brighouse
Cricket - Brighouse v Hanging Heaton'Chris Maloney bats for Brighouse

BRIGHOUSE travelled to Keighley with a little apprehension and that was borne out as they slipped to a 164-run Bradford League Division Two defeat.

Keighley skipper Simon Bailey elected to bat, taking advantage of the bright, warm weather and give his players the opportunity to throw the gauntlet down to Brighouse.

The visitors suffered a blow before the game when opener Mathew Senior became ill with a violent migraine that confined him to the treatment bench.

Jonathan Wilkinson opened with Freddie Pearson to give Keighley a firm start. Will Smith broke through. taking out Pearson lbw for 20.

Brighouse continued to make inroads as Umar Salim caught Imran Patel off his own bowling as the hosts were restriced to 74 for two.

The bowlers have performed well in the main this season and Umar bowled Bailey all ends up to apply pressure at 88 for three.

Wilkinson had been the stalwart throughout this mini rout until, on 69, Salim tempted him into a rash shot which was snapped up by Brighouse skipper Chris Maloney, who is still nursing a sore tendon in the hand but managed to hang onto the ball.

Big hitting and poor fielding were the order of the next 15 overs as Jack Beetham (39) Tom Stead (59) and Amjid Hussain (18) took their side beyond 200 to finish their innings at 224 for five.

As Senior was still unwell, Hussain partnered Dominic Walsh with patience the order of the day.

Keighley’s opening bowlers Stead and Hussain, as Yorkshire under 19 prospects with a maximum seven overs allowed. came out fresh and full of vigour. Two balls in and Walsh was beaten for pace by Stead and had his off stump removed without score while Hussain was dismissed lbw for three and it was 11 for two.

Will Smith, again at the wicket early, had three on the board and looking untroubled before Hussain found an edge and Wilkinson, keeping well, took the catch and Brighouse were in trouble on a dream batting track

Dan Dunkerly, in tandem with Salim, gradually put some runs on the board before an inevitable loose shot was caught by Wilkinson and Dunkerley perished on 20 with the score on 38 for four with 38 overs to go.

Five wickets then fell away for 18 runs with skipper Chris Maloney scoring 16.

Senior was retired hurt with his migraine not relenting which meant Brighouse posted an all out score of 60.