foster back at centre vale

Snow covers Todmorden Cricket Club's Centre Vale ground on March 22, with just three weeks to go untill the start of the season
Snow covers Todmorden Cricket Club's Centre Vale ground on March 22, with just three weeks to go untill the start of the season

Experienced bowler Gideon Foster has rejoined Todmorden, who are counting down to their first match of the season in just 16 days’ time.

Seam bowler Foster played for the Centre Vale Park club in the 1990s and since then has won trophies with Mytholmroyd in the Halifax League and for the last few years has played for Hall Bower in the Huddersfield League.

Foster is bringing his bowler son Sam, who will be playing regularly in the seconds.

Skipper Andrew Sutcliffe expects Foster senior to slot into the gap vacated by the retired James Morgan and bowl 10 to 14 overs per game.

Sutcliffe said: “Gideon will be a welcome addition to the first team as he will give our young seam attack lots of guidance and I am very confident that he will be a success.

“Sam will get the opportunity to show the club his ability and develop as a cricketer.”

Todmorden have been further boosted by the return of Oliver Wood after a season at Walsden and the decisions of Chris Barker and Darren Walters to come out of retirement.

Wood is a bowling all rounder, Barker a bowler and Walters a batsmen/wicketkeeper. Sutcliffe added: “A lot of people at the club are really pleased to see Oliver back.

“ We hope he can maximise his undoubted potential and be a really strong player for the club for many years to come.

“Chris Barker and Darren Walters came through the junior ranks and have represented every side from under 11s to the first team in the past.

“ They will bring competition for places, which is something the club needed.”

Todmorden have a friendly at Royton on Saturday, April 13 - the new date for professional Geeth Alwis’s arrival.

They play Great Eccleston in the Lancashire Cup the following day, have a friendly against Bacup the Saturday after and go to Rawtenstall for their Lancashire League opener on Sunday, April 21.