Halifax League round-up - Booth wait for win, 12-pointer for Bridgeholme, Old Town and Foot prepare for derby

Booth will be desperate to get a win on the board in the Foster’s Halifax League on Saturday after a false start to their 2013 campaign.

Last year’s Premier Division runners-up suffered a surprise home reverse against Blackley in their opener and were unable to repair the damage at Thornton last Saturday, losing by two wickets.

Andrew Truscott (57), Rob Laycock (37) and new boy Chris Shannon (34) helped them to 193 for eight, Ben Harris taking four for 56.

Thornton only needed four men in double figures to edge home with an over to spare. Ross Soames made 40, Josh Hutchinson 39 and Ross Parr 37 but it was Ollie Dunn’s unbeaten 32 which settled it.

Booth host a Copley side who have won their opening two fixtures on Saturday.

Copley’s latest victims were Mytholmroyd, who will look to get back to winning ways at home to Triangle.

‘Royd only totalled 118 at Copley after losing their first three wickets on 20 and a hard-hit 40 from Tom Greenwood was only enough to earn them one batting point.

Greenwood followed up with three wickets but Mark Baldwin made 27 before Nick Gomersall (20 no) and Peter Hoyle (23 no) finished it.

Bridgeholme travel up to Outlane in good heart after getting a first 12-pointer in Division One after promotion.

Oxenhope made 214 thanks to Stuart Jackson (61) and Josh Tetley (37 no), Saj Mahmood taking four for 64.

It was fairly plain sailing for the hosts in reply, Keith Hudson (56), Mohammed Basharat (48) and Sajid Ramzan (52 no) all scoring well and Bobby Fielden (22 no) helping to complete a six-wicket win.

Old Town host Luddenden Foot in a derby on Saturday.

Old Town were involved in probably the league’s most exciting match last Saturday, Town’s Ali Ashgar hitting the final ball through the covers for four to leave the scores against Stainland level on 253.

It was hard work for Old Town in the field but a 104-run third-wicket stand between Mohammed Jamil (83) and Andy Carrington (40) gave them hope in their pursuit.

Sajid Mahmood weighed in with 45 to move the visitors closer and they got 16 off the last over bowled by Damian Ambler, Ashgar crucially being dropped off the fourth ball.

Foot are one of four sides with maximum points after two games after a 59 run home win over Stones.

New signing Chris Roy was again to the fore with a stylish 77. Skipper Karl Whipp added 55 but the Ripponden side’s two bowlers stuck to the task and limited Foot to 215.

Jamie Hothersall’s direct hit to dismiss opener Steve Heptinstall plus three catches helped tip the scales Foot’s way. Young Tom Hosker had the best bowling figures, three for 19, while Gareth Swaine deserved better than one solitary wicket.