Lift-off after openers’ heroics

Full tilt: Brighouse's Adil Ladak on the way to a six-wicket haul on Saturday
Full tilt: Brighouse's Adil Ladak on the way to a six-wicket haul on Saturday

Regional leagues: BARKISLAND moved off the bottom of the Huddersfield League’s top flight with a much-needed 10-wicket home win over Marsden on Saturday.

Alex Kaye and Andy Gleave, both new to the club this season, were the heroes in a match reduced to 25 overs per side.

A mopping up operation paid off for Barkisland, the game getting under way right on the cut off point of 4.30pm.

Marsden made 163 for six off 25 overs with overseas man Kimeshin Chetty taking three for 65 off his 13 overs, the main contributions for the visitors coming from Steve Butters (49) and Chris Kilner (55).

However, former SBCI player Kaye (67 no) and ex-Holmfirth man Gleave (89 no) knocked off the runs in 21 overs to provide a real tonic for holidaying skipper Simon Wheelwright.

All-rounder Darren Robinson said: “The first 10 overs of each innings was the key. They got off to a slow start while we probably had 60 runs off our first 10 and were always up with the rate.”

Kaye and Gleave have around 800 runs between them so far and Robinson said: “They have both fitted in well.

“It was a much-needed win and we must try to build on it.”

Barkisland moved above Shelley and Slaithwaite in what is looking a three-horse race to avoid the relegation berths.

Elland were left frustrated in the first leg of their double weekend in the league when no play was possible in their clash away to leaders Delph and Dobcross.

Leaders Lightcliffe had unheralded pair Rhys Jowett and Tom Lightfoot to thank for winning at Bankfoot in a bowler-dominated contest.

Jonathan Wilson’s side looked set for an easy win when they dismissed the home side for 86 in the Division Two contest.

Bankfoot were 40 without loss after electing to bat but Alex Stead dismissed the top four batsmen and Josh Wheatley most of the rest in impressive figures of five for eight off 7.2 overs.

However, it was then the turn of the visiting batsmen to struggle and a line-up lacking the Taylor brothers plunged to 86 for four with opener Wheatley’s 26 the game’s top score.

Debutant Harvey Anderson (four for 22) had Lightcliffe on the ropes with his off-spin but number seven Jowett stood firm with 17 not out and he found a willing partner in number 10 Lightfoot (13 no).

Two boundaries from Jowett completed a two-wicket win for Wilson’s men who completed the first half of a double weekend with a 27-point lead over second-placed Saltaire, who beat Morley.

Brighouse were unable to build on their promising display in defeat against Lightcliffe the previous weekend, losing by 18 runs at home to Bowling Old Lane.

The hosts were well in the hunt when ex-Lightcliffe player Adil Ladak took six for 37 to limit Lane to 168 for nine, Mohammad Khan (39) and Rashid Ramzan (34) giving the home bowlers most to think about.

Brighouse could have had a much smaller total to chase as Lane were 58 for five at one stage.

The Russell Way men made a cautious reply, led by Adam Brown (61) and Matthew West (37).

At 110 for three their prospects looked decent but they lost five wickets for three runs in the quest for quick runs and were all out for 150 in the last over, Umar Abbas finishing with five for 47 and Mohammad Hanif with four for 27.

NORTHOWRAM Fields managed to turn a promising start into a dismal 10-wicket loss away to third-placed New Farnley in the Premier Division.

Leading runmaker Mark Gilliver and Tom Marsden both made 32 in an opening stand of 64 but Gilliver’s dismissal triggered a collapse to 120 all out with Ben Burkill and recent signing Zafar Khan, who both made 13, the only other ones to make double figures.

Nicky Johnson, David McCallum and ex-county spinner Ian Fisher all picked up three wickets for the hosts.

Joe Suggitt (72 no) and Steve Blackburn (40 no) then rubbed salt into the visitors’ wounds by knocking off the runs inside 33 overs, Rams skipper Heath Pyke trying seven bowlers without success.

Defeat leaves Northowram precariously positioned just above the bottom two with games against lowly pair Wakefield St Michaels and Ossett to follow in the next fortnight.

TODMORDEN, who were without a game in the Lancashire League on Saturday, had progressed to the semi-finals of the Twenty/20 competition the previous evening in spite of being beaten by Nelson in a Group C bowl out.

Nelson hit the stumps four times to Tod’s once, after rain had curtailed the match with Todmorden 100 for three after 16 overs, professional Qaiser Abbas being unbeaten on 64.