Brighouse get off the mark

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BRIGHOUSE belatedly got their 2012 campaign up and running in the Bradford League with their first win yesterday.

Chris Maloney’s side were 15-run winners at home to fellow Division Two strugglers Bowling Lane, who gave their hosts a scare after plunging to 59 for five in reply to Brighouse’s 162 for seven.

Shoaib Iqbal threatened to turn things around with 43 and number 11 Zohaib Iqbal made 18 in a last-wicket stand of 46 which was ended by Will Smith’s run out.

Smith and Dan Dunkerley both took three wickets, Dominic Walsh (34) having earlier been the team’s top batsman again.

Lightcliffe salvaged their weekend with a finishing flourish away to a Farsley side who are bottom of Division One.

Jonathan Wilson’s second division champions were beaten at home by Woodlands on Saturday and looked in trouble again when Farsley reached 121 for four in pursuit of Lightcliffe’s sub-standard 150 all out.

However, the visitors mopped up the last six wickets for the addition of only 23 runs to emerge with 17 points and fifth place in the table.

Suleman Khan and Alex Stead took three wickets each in a weakened bowling attack while openers Alex Lees (26) and Chris Taylor (25) had earlier fared best with the bat.

ELLAND are three points clear at the top of the Huddersfield League after bagging their second win of the Bank Holiday weekend yesterday.

The Hullen Edge men followed up Saturday’s 10-wicket thrashing of Hall Bower with a 101-run success at Skelmanthorpe, a first class catch by Niall Lockley sealing victory.

Skipper Paul Winrow top scored with 70 in Elland’s 240 for seven and spinners Chris Goulden (five for 39) and Lorenzo Ingram (three for 37) again came up trumps with the ball as Skelmanthorpe folded from 105 for three to 139 all out.

Matthew Steers (six for 15) and Jonny Whiteoak (three for 14) bowled Barkisland to victory at Armitage Bridge in the Frank Platt Conference.

Bridge were routed for just 44 in reply to the visitors’ 119, which included 30 from former SBCI player Alex Kaye.

IT was a disappointing weekend for Todmorden, who were washed out at Colne on Sunday and then lost by 93 runs at home to East Lancashire on Monday.

Pakistani Qaiser Abbas and Stuart Priestley took three wickets each to restrict yesterday’s visitors to 178 for nine, left hander Minhaj Bhada making 57 of them.

The early departures of Simon Newbitt and Ben Sutcliffe left Tod up against it and they were never in the hunt, the extras (23) and skipper Andrew Sutcliffe (18) making the biggest contributions to their 85 all out.