Half-century by Collins fails to halt the leaders

Brighouse seconds made their way to East Bierley, who are “suffering a season” in the Second Division before ascending to their rightful place.

Sitting on top of the division with just three games lost they look certain to gain their aim even though Scholes and Saltaire are vying hard to make them work for it.

Brighouse were invited to bat and James Higgins bowled Alex Goulden in his first over, making it 1-1.

Fellow opener John Glover soon joined him back in the pavilion leg before for six.

Resistance came from middle-order pair Kieran Collins, who made 56 before being adjudged leg before, and wicketkeeper John Potkins (22), but with No 11 Mo Mistry unfit to bat, Brighouse were all out for 126.

The innings concluded in 39 overs, gifting 10 extra overs to Bierley, for whom James Higgins captured 4-30 in 12.3 overs. He was supported by John Glover, who claimed 3-43 from his 15 overs and Matthew Anderson, who chipped in with 2-22 from seven.

Bierley captain Ross Monagham and Stuart Kirk then knocked off the required runs, making 46 and 53, respectively.

Brighouse stand-in captain Paolo Girardi used six bowlers in a bid to break the partnership but it was all over in 19.1 overs, leaving the visitors with just one point.

Brighouse remain next to bottom, 31 points clear of basement club Idle, who had an encouraging four-wicket win over third-from-bottom Cleckheaton.