Salim spurs Brighouse to shock win

Brighouse produced one of the shocks of the day in the Bradford League, getting off the mark in Division Two with a four-run win away to an Undercliffe side who had made a decent start to the campaign.

The visitors totalled 205 for nine with skipper Umar Salim (67) and Muhammad Khurshid (44) the main contributors.

Sohail Hussain was Brighouse’s hero with the ball, taking six for 45 and receiving good back-up from Mohammed Hafeez (three for 52) as Undercliffe were dismissed for 201 off the second ball of the penultimate over.

Only three home batsmen made double figures - skipper Ben Heritage (80), Ahmad Raja (67) and Nawaz Sardar (22) - but Brighouse had to work hard for success after having their hosts on the ropes at 69 for five.

In Division One, Lightcliffe had an impressive 116-run home success over a Hanging Heaton side strengthened by close-season captures from Wrenthorpe, including ex-Illingworth and Yorkshire player Gary Fellows.

Suleman Khan (53), opener Charlie Roebuck (49) and Jonathan Wilson (37) helped Lightcliffe to a satisfactory 230 for eight.

Off spinner Josh Wheatley (five for 24) and seamer Mahmood Rasool (three for 34) then dismissed Hanging Heaton for 114, West Indian Montcin Hodge (56) providing the only real resistance.

Calderdale pair Elland and Barkisland had contrasting fortunes in the Huddersfield League’s Sykes Cup on Saturday.

Elland were no match for visitors Kirkburton after second-wicket pair Paul Winrow (30) and Greg Finn (20) had been out, folding from 55 for one to 92 all out.

The visitors went on to win by seven wickets and the only consolation for the Hullen Edge club, whose seconds also bowed out of the Paddock Shield, is that they will host the cup final on Sunday, August 11.

Barkisland thrashed division-lower visitors Linthwaite by 152 runs after Jamie Summerscales and Lorenzo Ingram had made centuries.

Summerscales, last year’s Halifax Parish Cup final man of the match for SBCI, made 127 and West Indian Ingram hit 152 not out as Barkisland racked up 329 for three.

Linthwaite replied with 177, Barkisland giving nine players a bowl in a one-sided contest.

Illingworth followed up their Aire/Wharfe League win at home to Menston the previous week with a three-wicket success at Addingham in Division Three.

A 79-run stand by the Addingham openers put them on the back foot but four wickets apiece from Stuart Thompson and Luke Brooksby gave the visitors the upper hand with none of the last seven batsmen making double figures.

Chasing 140 for victory, Illingworth lost both openers cheaply but a solid middle order effort led by Aussie Matthew Battle (40) got them on course and Brooksby’s 26 not out off 22 balls saw them home.

After a frustrating couple of weekends with the weather, Todmorden registered their first win of the Lancashire League season with a comprehensive nine-wicket home success over Burnley.

Sri Lankan Geeth Alwis showcased his talents with five for 63 to limit the visitors to 206 and then 80 not out in an unbroken second wicket stand of 166 with Ben Sutcliffe (89 no).

Northowram Fields are the only side in the Central Yorkshire League’s top division to get off the mark in 2013 after a comprehensive 171-run defeat Methley.

The Rams had a torrid time in the field, Methley piling up 309 for two, and although Aussie Jeremy Smith maintained his promising start by hitting 54 off 35 balls, when he was second out with the total on 71 the innings folded to 138 all out.