Rastrick double title hopes are dashed in rain-hit run chases

Brighouse's Zahir Hussain
Brighouse's Zahir Hussain

Conference leaders Rastrick lost a rain-affected game against Cumberworth.

And their fellow promotion-seeking Second XI were also victim to the rain rule.

Rastrick’s first team lost the toss in their Drakes Huddersfield League Conference fixture and visitors Cumberworth United batted first and they posted a competitive 211, largely through Parkes (53) and Littlewood (54).

Oliver Pearson (3-45) and Oliver Ashford (2-15) were the pick of the home side’s bowling.

Rastrick’s run-chase got off to a flying start as overseas star Mitchell McCoach hit a quickfire 44 and when the rain came at 5.15pm, Rastrick were 129-2 with 22 overs remaining.

Jacob Waterson (46no) and Alex Rowles (27no) were in control of the chase but the rain kept falling and they ran out of time for the innings to be completed and the score they needed to be on when the rain interrupted play for a second time was 144.

They were very unfortunate circumstances for the leaders Rastrick but the promotion and championship chase remains on.

Both of Rastrick’s chasing clubs, Denby and Denby Dale, had victories, Denby winning a rain-affect game against Lepton Highlanders and Denby Dale seeing off Hall Bower by seven wickets ahead of the rain.

It was a similar tale for Rastrick Second XI at Denby Dale in the title-decider.

The visitors won the toss and stuck the hosts into bat, and the call looked vindicated as they bowled them out for 163. James Anderson (2-10) and captain Simon Farlow (4-51) were the pick of the bowlers.

The run chase got off to a slow start and Rastrick were 34-2 off 18 overs when they came off for rain and the game was then reduced to 37 overs and the target was revised to 141.

Rastrick made a real fist of it when they went back out. Anderson smashed the ball to all parts as he raced to 34 and Glenn Handley made 45 not out.

With the score on 113-4, Rastrick needed just 28 off seven overs with six wickets remaining.

Time then elapsed and the total required at 31 overs was 124, leaving Rastrick to suffer a devastating defeat in a game which they surely would have gone on to win but for the weather.

Brighouse met fourth-placed Yeadon on Sunday in Division Two of the Bradford League.

Brighouse won the toss, electing to bat first on a day when rain was forecast to arrive during the afternoon.

Brighouse were soon 28-3 all caught off Oliver Halliday. Zahir Hussain and Khurshid worked the bowling, picking the bad balls to despatch to the boundary.

David Machell broke this productive partnership of 117 by getting through Zahir’s defence to bowl him after a welcome 58 off 120 balls, including seven fours.

Khurshid fell quickly afterwards, yet again leg before, having amassed an equally satisfying 66, 44 of which came through fours.

Kieran Collins made his debut at 161-6 and some quick running took him to 18 before the innings closed at 179-9 from 50 overs. Halliday returned 6-36 from 12 overs.

The weather chose the tea interval to intervene, and one vicious downpour forced the abandonment of the game.

Brighouse Seconds were at Cleckheaton without some regulars as Gaz Milthorpe married partner Becci. Nick Patefield (30) stood in with returned opener Mo Daud and they put on 46.

Daud (34) and Jay Mistry (38) added a further 64 but four wickets fell in a steady stream, before Paolo Giradi, in his customary No 7 slot, put on 17 in conjunction with Bradley Patefield and Neil Goldsborough.

Brighouse were all out for 156 and with rain threatening, Cleckheaton attacked. Steven Noble went quickly, bowled by Nick Patefield, and Joe Wood drove seven fours in his 31 before being run out by Harry Horsley to make it 59-2.

Rain arrived to abandon the game, leaving Joe Robinson 24 not out but with the satisfaction of taking the man of the match award, having claimed 4-45.