Booth’s last ball heroics

Derby action from last weekend: Luddenden Foot celebrate a wicket in their shock win over Bridgeholme
Derby action from last weekend: Luddenden Foot celebrate a wicket in their shock win over Bridgeholme

Booth CC is rocking ahead of a crunch weekend of league and cup cricket after notching a pair of sensational wins last Saturday.

Both the firsts and seconds snatched victories in the Foster’s Halifax League by hitting the final deliveries of their matches for six.

Robert Cockroft’s firsts needed 15 off the last over to overhaul hosts Thornton’s 293 for six, Rob Laycock’s 134 having given them a chance.

Their last pair were at the crease but Moazzam Ayub was not short of confidence, attempting an audacious ramp shot over the ‘keeper off the first delivery.

He missed that but ran two off the second delivery. The third ball was pulled for six and then he was dropped and added two to the tally.

Ayub missed the fifth ball, leaving five required off the last, which he hit for six over cover, the ball just clearing a fielder on the boundary.

The drama was matched in the reserve string’s home game against Blackley, who totalled 277.

The visitors handed an over to Booth and that proved all important.

Booth entered their extra over needing eight to win. After singles off the first five balls, Gareth Swain was left seeking a boundary. He hit a leg side full toss for six.

Booth first teamer Richard Laycock thought it must have been unique for both of a club’s teams to win in that style on the same day.

He agreed it was a fillip for Booth heading into a weekend which for the firsts comprises a visit from Sowerby Bridge side and then a Parish Cup quarter-final trip to derby foes Mytholmroyd on Sunday.

There will be great interest in the cup game between teams lying second and third in the table.

The Calder Valley pair will be crossing swords again at Moderna Way 22 days after their dramatic meeting in the Premier Division.

‘Royd looked certain to win when they reached 98 for three in reply to Booth’s 138.

However, Tom Earle’s departure for 61 triggered a collapse to 119 all out with Usman Saghir taking four for 32.

Richard Laycock expects a good, close contest on Sunday and said he hadn’t expected Royd’s dramatic demise last time. “I was quite surprised because they bat down to nine or 10,” he said.

Mytholmroyd, who go to SBCI on Saturday, will be at home for the third round running. They have knocked out Greetland and Old Crossleyans. Booth, in contrast, must travel again after wins at Oxenhope and Thornton.

Opening batsman Rob Worsnop misses Saturday’s game but returns to a full-strength Booth side which has plenty of bowlers on Sunday.

Saturday - Premier Division: Booth v Sowerby Bridge (K Campbell & S Pullen), Copley v Triangle, Jer Lane v Thornton, Queensbury v Warley, Southowram v Blackley, SBCI v Mytholmroyd (P Taylor & M Rothwell).

Premier seconds: Blackley v Southowram, Mytholmroyd v SBCI (A Welch), Sowerby Bridge v Jer Lane, Thornton v Booth (B Tennyson), Triangle v Northowram, Warley v Copley.

Division One: Bridgeholme v Sowerby, Low Moor v Bradshaw, Northowram v Stones, Oxenhope v Ludd Foot (R Wade & D Bates).

Division One seconds: Great Horton v Outlan, Old Crossleyans v Greetland, Sowerby v Bridgeholme (A Ford), Stones v Clayton.

Division Two: Clayton v Upper Hopton, Cullingworth v Old Town (S Booth & H Sandford), Denholme Clough v Shelf, Greetland v Old Crossleyans, Outlane v Great Horton.

Division Two seconds: Bradshaw v Low Moor, Luddenden Foot v Oxenhope (D Mollan), Old Town v Cullingworth (S Wyatt), Shelf v Denholme Clough, Upper Hopton v Queensbury.

Sunday - Parish Cup: Mytholmroyd v Booth, Sowerby v Great HortonPC, Sowerby Bridge v Jer Lane, Queensbury v Triangle. Crossley Shield: Southowram v Sowerby, Warley v Mytholmroyd, Oxenhope v Queensbury, Upper Hopton v Copley.