Brighouse suffer weekend blues as wins are elusive

Brighouse CC suffered a disappointing weekend all round with defeats on both Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday.

On Saturday the first XI were on the road again in Division Two of the JCT600 Bradford League and faced a very difficult task against table topping Farsley who had a 100 per cent record going into the game.

Farsley won the toss and batted first. Sohail Hussain (four for 66) and Zafar Jadoon (three for 32) did their best to pin down the leaders, working tirelessly in the hot conditions, but they still managed to post a score of 256 for eight.

In reply, Sadaqat Zaman played a heroic innings for the visitors with an unbeaten 58 and was supported by Adil Ladak with an unbeaten 25.

However, Brighouse ran out of overs and were only able to reach 155 for seven which earned them a valuable six points while Farsley’s 18 points helped stretch their lead at the top to 10 points.

Brighouse then faced an Idle side who were one place below them going into the game. Chris Maloney, who has been scoring well in the second team, was drafted in to bolster the visitors batting attack.

Idle, batting first, steadily built up a total of 215 for eight off their 50 overs. In reply, Brighouse were soon in trouble as opener Craig Robson was trapped lbw.

Captain Umar Salim and Sohail Hussain top scored for Brighouse with 25 and 22 respectively, but only two other batsmen were able to reach double figures as the wickets tumbled quickly, the visitors eventually all out for 106 with 20 overs left.

It will be another tough test for Brighouse this weekend when they host second-placed New Farnley.

Brighouse Seconds took on leaders Pudsey St Lawrence at home on Saturday.

Mohammed Daud led the way, narrowly missing his half century when he was bowled by Jordan Moore. Steve Waerea supported with 17 but Brighouse’s total of 140,including 26 extras, was never going to be enough against a Pudsey side with six wins already behind them.

Brighouse’s main bowling attack of Dan Dunkerley and Dave Maloney worked hard to make some headway and the league leaders needed 40 overs to reach their target losing five wickets in the process.

Duncan Butler (53) and Will Sharp (39) guided St Lawrence home to remain 28 points ahead at the top of Division Two.

With a number of players injured or unavailable, including skipper Mark Allison, Brighouse struggled against lowly Saltaire on Monday.

Jason Horsley top scored for Brighouse with six fours in his total of 32 before falling lbw to Abbas Ahmed.

Jamil Akhtar supported with 31 but Brighouse could only reach 113. In reply, Saltaire quickly reached their target with Dan Dunkerley taking the only wicket.

This Saturday Brighouse seconds travel to near neighbours Spen Victoria.