WHILE form is temporary, class is permanent.
That was Morley’s thinking when it came to overseas man Kashif Naveed, with the Scatcherd Lane men electing to stick with him this season after a disappointing 2014 – confident that he would come good again.
Their optimism was borne out of Naveed’s performances in 2013 when he hit 564 runs at 43.68 and finished in third place in the bowling averages with 40 wickets at 14.88.
Batting wise at least, Naveed’s fine unbeaten knock of 115 in Saturday’s 188-run Division Two pole-axing of Brighouse was a pleasant rewind of the clock with Morley hoping it is the precursor to plenty more to come as they set about reclaiming their top-flight status at the first available juncture.
Naveed’s innings was the highlight of Morley’s knock of 233-5, with their bowlers then making light work of Brighouse, skittling them for an embarrassing 45 – with Ben Jenkinson (3-12) and Nathan Bromby (3-19) making hay.
Club stalwart Dave Nebard said: “We looked at what he had done in previous years and he wanted to come back and despite a difficult 2014, he is part of the fabric of the club.
“We feel he can definitely repay us by having another successful season and contribute with both bat and ball.”
On Morley’s hopes of getting back to Division One, he added: “I think if you ask every player that is where you want to play, but you have to earn the right to play in that division.
“We will keep working hard.”
Elsewhere on another rain-affected day in Division Two, early leaders Scholes (96-9) were on the end of an eight-run derby loss at Spen Victoria (104), whose match-winners were Zarak Khan (46) and Rob Warriner (5-18) in a 25 overs a side game.
In the top-flight, Pudsey St Lawrence, Pudsey Congs, Woodlands and Cleckheaton beat the elements to record wins.
St Lawrence (152-2) lead by eight points, with Mark Robertshaw’s typically stylish unbeaten 94 seeing them home in comfort at Saltaire (148).
Second-placed Woodlands (194) had too much in the tank against Hanging Heaton (126), with Chris Brice (4-41) and Safraz Ahmed (3-19) in the wickets.
Key contributions from Ian Philliskirk (5-51) and Joe Fraser (71) proved in vain for the Tewits.
Kez Ahmed (5-31) and Nick Lindley (3-24 and 37) had fine afternoons as Congs (124-4) accounted for Bradford and Bingley (123-8) by a comfortable eight wickets.
Ian Nicholson (63), James Lee (42no) and Tanzeel Altaf helped Cleckheaton (216-6) increase the early-season woes for struggling Farsley (117).