Brighouse left to regret missed opportunities in latest setback

Brighouse's Danyaal Ahmed
Brighouse's Danyaal Ahmed

Brighouse assembled for their Championship B fixture against Wrenthorpe with mixed feelings after the abandonment of their fixture last week at Hopton Mills.

That game had the potential of being their third scalp of the season after two consecutive wins in the All Rounder Bradford Cricket League.

Rain during the week and evening before the game put the game on edge.

However, with a delay of 10 overs and a reduced boundary, Brighouse finally had the game on.

Visitors Wrenthorpe gave off an air of arrogance in their posture, and using a wet outfield to practise, even though they could see their actions were cutting up the surface.

Brighouse won the toss, requesting the visitors to bat first. D. Hendricks, their South African player, opened with Sleightholme on a track in the most part dry with odd patches of damp on the edge.

Neither player looked particularly troubled each building a score for themselves and their side.

Hendricks (86), having been dropped three times in his innings, set off for a single having pushed tamely to mid-wicket, despite his partner’s shouted warnings, but he was committed and his run out duly came as Mahood hit the wicket with a gentle return throw and they were 135-1.

Sleightholme, facing promising spinning youngster Danyaal Ahmed, was bowled one run later. Skipper Wood replaced Hendricks and played reasonably for his 14. Patel (4) and Leaf (4) were best forgotten playing in total boredom, one handed at times, both left the field to the sound of their own feet, with their colleagues now 163-5.

Glyn’s 29 runs included three fours and one six and he dragged partner Rudge (33) along to get through the 200 barrier.

Wigglesworth saw out the remaining overs for his side to finish on 225-6.

Eight opportunities were missed by the home side, who could only rue what might have been.

Jay Mistry’s return from university recently put him in the frame to open with Naqeeb who has been seeking an opening partner all season.

Mistry looked comfortable playing his shots, taking quick singles, while Naqeeb placed an early four, but he was bowled on 9.

Bhatti joined Mistry to add support to this young man who is playing so well at the moment.

Bhatti lifted one off Patel and Wiggleworth took it cleanly for 58-2.

Mistry was then run out from a deflected Bhatti shot.

Skipper Wajid needed both runs and stability. Khurshid (wicketkeeper) was in need of runs after a poor season to date by his standards.

As it transpired, he received four balls, scored two, flashed hard at the fifth, caught behind, and yet again denied he’d hit it.

Ahmed, now partnered by Mahmood played sensibly, picked off fours along the way.

Mahmood collected one on the shoulder of the bat to give Hendricks an easy catch. Finishing on 22 in a partnership of 40 had taken the board past 100, a fine effort. Zafar, who can strike firmly once in his stride, was removed by Wood lbw only six further runs to leave the score at 108-6.

Ahmed went stumped and Awaise provided his solid defence and a choice of shots in his not out 34.

Two wickets were lost before last man Wajid helped to see off the overs for his side’s 158-9, 67 runs short of the total required, but five points gained in a game of lost opportunities.