Brighouse double up

Sadaqat Zaman celebrates a wicket for Brighouse on the way to victory over Great Horton
Sadaqat Zaman celebrates a wicket for Brighouse on the way to victory over Great Horton

Wins have been scarce for Brighouse in recent years but Umar Salim’s side made it back to back successes in Division Two of the Bradford League on Saturday.

Brighouse followed up a narrow win at Undercliffe with an eight-wicket romp at home to Great Horton.

The visitors managed only 113 for eight in 40 overs and it would have been much less but for number nine Ibrahim Mohammed’s 45 not out.

Openers Zahir Hussain and Dominic Walsh both departed for nine but Muhammad Khurshid (41 no) and Umar Salim (36 no) steered Brighouse home.

Lightcliffe are down to seventh in Division One after a 22-run defeat at East Bierley in a 27 overs-a-side contest after rain delayed the start.

The home side made 165 for five with 71 not out from Andrew Rennison, who hit five sixes before falling to three-wicket Suleman Khan.

Khan followed up with 75, he and skipper Chris Taylor (45) adding 105 for the fifth wicket to seemingly put Lightcliffe in the ascendancy.

However, Bierley’s overseas paceman Waqas Maqsood, who had done much of the early damage, returned and helped clear up the last six wickets for 12 runs to finish with seven for 31.

Calderdale pair Elland and Barkisland were beaten in the top section of the Huddersfield League.

Elland lost by four runs at Scholes after narrowly failing to overhaul their hosts’ 186 for eight in 32 overs.

Ex-Barkisland youngster Isaac Pollitt took five for 35 to peg back Scholes after an opening stand of 133.

Although Niall Lockley slammed four sixes to get the visitors’ reply off to a promising start, Tom Brook’s seven wickets tipped the scales Scholes’ way.

Two players dominated the first half of Barkisland’s match at Hall Bower, where the home side scrambled a two-wicket win.

Indian leg spinner Yogesh Golwalkar took eight for 32 to send Barkisland crashing to 97 all out and West Indian Lorenzo Ingram got 73 of the visitors’ runs.

Former Warley player Wayne Swift made 50 in reply for Hall Bower with Chris Greenwood, Ingram and Matthew Steers each taking two wickets for Barkisland.

Illingworth’s rapid progress up the Aire/Wharfe Division Three table continued with a 56-run home win over New Rover in which the Brooksby brothers, Veryan and Luke, starred.

Veryan hit 54 and put on 72 in a fourth-wicket stand with Alex Ledger (44) as Illingworth recovered from 38 for three. Luke then hit 48 off 32 balls to send the total climbing to 193 for seven off 38 overs.

New Rover were in the hunt at 70 for three but a four-wicket burst from Luke virtually ended their hopes and Ledger continued his good contribution with three wickets.

A last-wicket stand of 36 gave the scoreline a little more respectability as New Rover finished on 137.

Northowram Fields’ poor start in the Central Yorkshire League’s top flight continued with an 84-run defeat at Birstall.

Jason Smith (35), Josh Bennett Keer (27) and Dru Patel (20) got them up to 136 in reply to Birstall’s 220.