Jamie and Isaac help Foot stride to victory

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LUDDENDEN Foot hit back from a shaky start to take the spoils in the Calder Valley derby at home to Old Town in Division Two of the Towergate Halifax League.

Foot were struggling at 12 for two and 65 for five before Jamie Hothersall (68) and 15-year-old Isaac Baldwin (31) shared a sixth wicket stand of 102.

Shah accounted for Hothersall and the last three wickets but Foot had achieved respectability at 205 all out.

Old Town’s openers Sajid Mahmood (20) and Steve Butterworth (26) crashed 47 off the first six overs before Baldwin caught Mahmood on the boundary.

Old Town then lost wickets steadily with 13-year-old Jack Talbot taking an excellent catch to dismiss Tom Booth (12).

Nathaniel Hyde, Craig Smith and Tom Hosker took three wickets each for the victors, 14-year-old Hosker picking up his without conceding a run in two overs at the end.

In the same section, any slim hopes Bridgeholme might have had of catching leaders Outlane surely disappeared with a 30 run home defeat to those rivals.

Honours were fairly even in the first half of the contest with Outlane making 215, thanks mainly to Ben Dickens and Calum Westwood, who both made 73.

The visitors’ useful young opening bowler Alex Blagborough made early inroads before the experienced Neil Crosland took five for 43 to send Bridgeholme sliding to 186 all out with number nine Mohammed Asif’s 45 the top contribution.

Booth continue in pole position in the Premier after Matthew Brown (78), Patrick Thomas (79), Richard Laycock (70) and Robert Laycock (57 no) scored freely in a win over Southowram.

Tom Earle and James Cowens each hit 106 in Division One leaders Mytholmroyd’s win at Low Moor.