Scrambled last ball run wins it

Old Town seconds won a thriller at Bridgeholme in Division Two of the Foster’s Halifax League, running a bye off the final delivery to overhaul the home side’s 181 total.

New skipper Adil Shah won the toss for the nine-man visitors and promptly took six wickets, Ben Hampson taking the other four.

That pair then put on 83 before Hampson departed for 54. Adil and Sam Hampson then added 57 to leave Old Town needing two for victory before the drama started.

Shah was out for 57 to the first ball of the penultimate over, with Andy Helliwell following next ball. Debutant Joe Sutcliffe, 16, survived the next four balls and Sam Hampson was unable to score off the first two balls of the final over before being dropped by the ‘keeper off the next.

Hampson took a single off the fourth to level the scores and after the fifth had spun past Sutcliffe, the final leg side delivery wasn’t gathered cleanly by the keeper and Hampson scrambled an extra.

Saturday’s Halifax League fixtures - Premier Division: Blackley v Sowerby Bridge (Z Hashmat & R Howarth), Bradshaw v SBCI (E Sykes & R Huck), Clayton v Triangle (G Cowgill & J Doherty), Copley v Mytholmroyd (B Sewell & P Taylor), Thornton v Booth (A Mitchell & P Mallinson), Warley v Jer Lane (B Tennyson & G Priestley).

Premier seconds: Booth v Sowerby (B Kershaw), Outlane v Warley (K Campbell), SBCI v Northowram (T Laycock), Southowram v Copley (S Daveney), Sowerby Bridge v Blackley (A Welch), Triangle v Clayton (R Wade).

Division One: Bridgeholme v Oxenhope (R Rodger & A Rawnsley), Northowram v Outlane (E Owens & J Senior), Queensbury v Old Crossleyans (S Booth & R Crossland), Sowerby v Southowram (R Wilkinson & A Ford).

Division One seconds: Denholme Clough v Wibsey Park (F Farrell), Jer Lane v Shelf (M Reppion), Oxenhope v Low Moor (P Hamer), Stones v Thornton (G Wright).

Division Two: Low Moor v Augustinians (R Davies & B Crabtree), Luddenden Foot v Stones (R Taylor & T Madden), Shelf v Greetland (D Heeley & M Chappell), Stainland v Old Town (J Wilson & S Pullen), Wibsey Park v Denholme Clough (J Mullen & A Bottomley).

Division Two seconds: Augustinians v Bridgeholme (D Bates), Greetland v Bradshaw (M Walker), Mytholmroyd v Luddenden Foot (L Smith), Old Crossleyans v Queensbury (K Hartley), Old Town v Stainland (M Summerscales)..

Teams - Sunday

Todmorden (home to Accrington): A.Sutcliffe, B.Sutcliffe, S.Newbitt, P.Senior, M.Brierley, G.Foster, E.Gilford, M.Gale, J.Hanson, F.Priestley, G.Alwis. Res: K.Garland. Meet 11.45.

Todmorden II (away to Accrington): L.Pearson, K.Garland, I.Hussain, C.Barker, N.Smith, T.Whittaker, B.Abbas, S.Priestley, B.Pearson, D.Harper, K.Gee. Res: S.Foster, N.Heywood, G.Hatton. Meet 11.30.

Walsden (home to Heywood): C.Dewhirst, M.Dawson, J.Rawlinson, N.Barker, K.Halstead, J.Hooson, Josh Gale, Joe Gale, D.Howley, M.Halstead, R.Sladdin. meet 12.15.

Walsden II (away to Heywood): S.Hanson, P.Marrow, D.Bailey, C.Hanson, T.Illingsworth, J,Barnes, I.Marshall, M.Butcher, J.Steven, C.Sutcliffe, D.Brown.