Poor conditions conspire against 2nds as hosts Idle ease to victory

Brighouse 2nd XI travelled across Bradford in changeable conditions not expecting to be successful in there being play.

Hosts Idle are still recovering from the wanton damage to their field caused by vandals driving across and around their ground and worked hard to get the fixture on.

The beginning of play was delayed but did get underway with Brighouse at the crease. The effects of early-morning rain was still apparent with the wicket and bowlers run -ups proving to be very slippery. Play was halted as the Brighouse openers struggled to keep their footing, the umpires fearing possible injury to all players took them off to allow further drying time for the ground.

Resumption of play was again difficult but much better, unfortunately for skipper-wicketkeeper John Potkins, who, forcing the ball, provided Aaron Day with a catch when the skipper’s 17 seemed a prelude to a bigger score.

Bradley Patefield had three balls to view before the fourth kept low to trap him leg before for just a single and it set the tone for his team-mates.

Those that followed all tried to move the total on to a defendable position but only providing four more catches, a further leg before and Max Maloney being bowled.

Brighouse ended 79 all out after 38 difficult overs.

Uwais Mehmood took full advantage of the conditions to return excellent figures of 6-21

In response, Idle now knew that time and overs were on their side; the game was theirs to lose.

Imran Khan (12) was trapped leg before at 40-1, but had already broken the back of the required total with his partner Keon Dalliday.

Stefan Mather, caught behind by Potkins (1) showed there was still plenty of life in the wicket, however, before Dalliday holed out when on 26 to leave his side on 51-3 and still within sight of the required total.

Aaron Day (15) and Hanseed Khan (9) effectively secured the game for Idle, which was a vindication of their sterling efforts in staging the game in the first place.

It proved to be a torrid time all round for Brighouse, who came away with the welcome sight of Jason Horsley opening the innings and securing 18 valuable runs on a pitch of snakes.

Thwere was probably no better man to take it on but, unfortunately, his combined effort with Potkins was not matched by others in the batting line-up.