Stand-in captain Potkins anchors down at Ossett

Brighouse CC’s 2nd X1 headed down the valley to Ossett missing – for various reasons – four senior players.

Vice-captain John Potkins took charge of the side, which was devoid of batting and bowling options.

Ossett took to the crease first, racking up 185 from their full allotment of 50 overs.

Dale Winterbottom (44), led the way for the hosts, closely followed by opener Richard Fenwick (34), helping to amass a decent total for their bowlers to defend.

The Brighouse bowlers toiled to gain some kind of advantage, with Bradley Patefield taking 1-67 from his 13 overs, while Shabir Ellahi, with 3-38, and Jamil Akhtar, with 3-53, enjoyed more success for their efforts.

At least the opening pairing of James Thrush and Neil Goldsborough were available for the visitors, but it proved to be of little use as Luke Watson bowled Goldsborough for just four, while Dale Winterbottom had Thrush caught by Nohman Hussain on 17 before removing Sajid Khan thanks to Luke Watson’s catch.

The visitors were reeling and developing players Bradley Patefield (3) and Max Maloney (4) were both out cheaply, to leave their team reeling on 67-5.

Potkins took up the role of anchor around whom his colleagues could try to gain batting points.

In the final analysis, the score of 87-9 with a depleted side taking on the third-placed team, shows again what could have been achieved had a full-strength team been available at the time.