Mahmood late flurry not enough as Brighouse fall to their old foes

Aleem Ladak bowls for Brighouse.
Aleem Ladak bowls for Brighouse.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Old Lane scored 261-7 in their 50 overs thanks to middle-order batsman Ayyaz Akram hitting a splendid 120, including six sixes and 13 fours off 114 balls.

He was well supported by Nawaz Sardar, who included four sixes and nine fours in his 80 off 62 deliveries, and Abid Alisham (30).

Aleem Ladak was Brighouse’s best bowler on the day with 3-57 off 11 overs, including three maidens.

Brighouse were pegged down through much of their 50 overs but No 8 Asad Mahmood provided a late flurry, plundering six sixes and five fours in his 63 off 33 balls before offering a return catch to Ahsan Alishan, who claimed 3-80 from his 13 overs.

Muhammad Khurshid (31), Mohammed Zahid (28) and Wajid Hussain (28no) also made useful contributions but Brighouse fell well short, closing on 200-8.

Going into the final game of the season at home to promoted Scholes, Brighouse are in 10th on 164 points – 16 points clear of Keighley with 12 Windhill (131) and Idle (119) occupying the bottom two positions.

In the second team encounter between the two clubs, Bowling Old Lane completed a club double with a 100-run victory.

They posted 210-8 in 47.3 overs thanks to Zeeshan Haider hitting 66, Rashid Ramzan 60 and Faizan Haider 29. Nick Pakefield did his utmost to keep the lid on the Old Lane batsmen and took a respectable 3-44.

Brighouse’s reply petered out on 110-8 with Jayan Mistry carrying his bat for 39 while Zeeshan Haider took 3-25 and Abu-baker Siddique 4-35.

The Bradford League clubs have voted by a clear majority to approve the proposal for the Central Yorkshire League to merge with them.

The proposal was carried by 20 votes to four with one abstention at an extraordinary general meeting at Pudsey Congs.

League chairman David Young, who sent a discussion document to clubs last month, outlined the proposal to the meeting.

The plan is for the two leagues to form a partnership in 2016 with a full merger being completed in readiness for 2017.

Under the planned new structure there will be two championship divisions comprising of current Division Two clubs and teams from the Central Yorkshire Premier Division.

One team from each section will be promoted to the new Bradford Premier League with the bottom two being relegated.

It is planned that the two championship divisions will be regionalised and beneath them will be the two Conference divisions comprising the remaining Central Yorkshire League clubs.

After the vote, chairman Young said: “I am delighted that the clubs have supported this new vision for cricket in West Yorkshire.

“This isn’t just about the clubs who will make up the Premier League, this is also about improving the level of competition beneath it. We want a clear pathway for aspirational clubs to enable them to reach the top.

“This is a plan which gives an exciting framework for the future.”

PUDSEY CONGS’ brave run in the NatWest Club T20 came to an end when they suffered a five-wicket defeat to Exmouth in the national semi-finals at Cardiff’s Swalec Stadium.

The Devon side edged home with one ball to spare as they successfully chased down the Congs score of 152-7.

Having won the toss and batted first on the pitch that was used for England’s T20 international with Australa, Adam Patel raced to 44 with a six and six fours off 22 balls.

He then became the first of four victims for the Exmouth captain, Gary Chappell and congs were reduced to 50-4.

Andrew Bairstow accelerated gradually and finished unbeaten on 44 off 37 balls. James Pearson hit two sixes in an unbeaten 19 as he added a valuable 47.

Opener David Lye proved the mainstay for Exmouth in their dramatic wi n, hitting 65 before falling late on.