Long wait for victory is finally ended for relieved Brighouse

Brighouse's Aleem Ladak
Brighouse's Aleem Ladak

There was relief and jubilation all round as Brighouse bagged their first win of the season in Championship B of the All Rounder Bradford League B with an unexpected victory at Methley.

The hosts, fourth in the league, having Grant Soames from Woodlands, the Walmsley brothers and Richard Blakey’s youngest boy Ashton.

Brighouse have been struggling for balance, following well documented last minute departures, and skipper Sunny Matharu has pursued many potential players without success. He has been able to sign Zahid Mahmood, a batsman returning to the game following two years out.

Methley elected to bat in the hope of maximum points on a wicket dry but with plenty of moisture in the air.

Zafar Jadoon and Harry Horsley struck to leave Methley five for two and Aleem Ladak then dismissed opener Marcus Walmsley.

Blakey, formerly with Elland, struck a couple of boundaries before Ladak encouraged an air shot, gratefully receivedby Wajid.

Soames dug in and played lovely shots around the ground but Edward Walmsley (12) and Barney Gibson (0) fell to Khurshid catches behind the sticks off Ladak and Horsley.

Harry Anderson belied his No 8 batting position, putting on 50 with his skipper to take Methley past the 100 mark.

Soames (53) eventually edged to Khurshid and Anderson departed for a fine 40 before young spinner Danyaal bowled Benjamin Waite (0) with the player totally baffled and Methley were all out 146 in 41 overs.

Could Brighouse do it, having choked before in the run chase?

Naqeeb departed early and Zahid Mahmood took guard and looked up to find Sohail Raz halfway into his run up about to deliver. Zahid backed off, the ball hit the stumps but the umpire was unmoved and spoke to the bowler as his team-mates protested.

Zahid hit out but Raz got his man, caught by keeper Bullingham off a fine edge.

Ladak had been playing a holding role up to this point. When Ed Walmsley spun him a slower ball , he spooned an easy catch to Raz to make it 40-3. Danyaal was then caught behind without scoring to make it 41-4.

Bhatti made a valuable 13, while Wajid never got going and was caught by Marcus Walmsley for nine, leaving Brighouse 66-6.

Awaise came in to join Bhatti and they batted well together, Awaise’s 47 taking the visitors to 137-7.

Skipper Matharu came in to support Bhatti, who saw his side home with 42 not out, Brighouse finally over the line 148-7 with 14 overs remaining.