Fine start for Vee but Brighouse lose out in derby clash

Actions from the game, Brighouse v Hartshead Moor, cricket at Brighouse Sports Club. Pictured is Matthew Evans.
Actions from the game, Brighouse v Hartshead Moor, cricket at Brighouse Sports Club. Pictured is Matthew Evans.
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South African-born Johannes Vee made an immediate impact on his debut for Brighouse in their Bradford League Division Two home derby with Hartshead Moor.

However, his efforts could not bring about the perfect debut as he finished on the losing side.

Hartshead batted first and Vee claimed the wicket of former Brighouse skipper Will Smith for 19.

Vee went on to claim another four wickets and Hartshead looked doomed at 128 for six.

However, they were let off the hook and managed to bat out their overs, reaching 160 for eight, Vee finishing with excellent figures of five for 42 off his 15 overs.

In reply Brighouse started steadily until Will Smith began to exact his revenge against his former team.

He took the wicket of opener Zahir Hussain for 39 and followed this with the key wicket of captain Umar Salim, catching him off his own bowling.

Smith’s bowling partner Adnan Raza Ali proved even more effective, taking four wickets for 27, including that of new boy Vee.

Sadaqat Zaman top scored for Brighouse with a knock of 50 but it was not enough to get Brighouse over the line and they finished just 12 runs short of their target.

A disappointing defeat for Brighouse but with the added strength of Vee in their bowling attack they should have a chance at mid-table Yeadon on Saturday.

With a number players injured or unavailable, Brighouse Seconds struggled on their visit to Pudsey Congs.

The home side elected to bat and although Brighouse managed to bowl them out by the 47th over, the home side had posted a big total of 270. Jay Mistry returned bowling figures of three for 49 off his 15 overs for Brighouse.

It was always going to be a difficult chase for the visitors and they were unable to live with the Congs bowling attack of Howe and Stanhope who took nine wickets between them with seven clean bowled.

Chris Inman top scored with a good knock of 32 but Brighouse were all out for 127 after 38 overs.

This Saturday the second string have a home game against Idle who are one place above them in Division Two of the reserve competition.

Keighley Seconds moved above Hartshead Moor into seventh place after defeating them by 21 runs in their JCT600 Bradford League Division One match.

Long serving batsman Steve Reape top scored with 30 for the Lawkholme Laners in a modest total of 144, but it proved to be enough in the end.

Jeff Wind (four for 27) and Andy Halford (three for 26) were the key bowlers for Hartshead Moor, but their batsmen were unable to take advantage. Martin Ellis (54) was the one exception as youngster Nissar Ahmadi picked up three wickets for just two runs as Hartshead Moor were all out for 123.

Sunday’s game in the annual Brighouse CC Workshops competition between CES v Hindle Gears was postponed and will be played at a later date.