Boost for Centre Vale men as Foster puts retirement on hold

Gideon Foster - a boost for Todmorden CC
Gideon Foster - a boost for Todmorden CC

Todmorden CC have received a further lift with news that veteran seamer Gideon Foster is not retiring after all.

Foster started his career at Centre Vale and played in the Halifax League before returning to Tod last season alongside his teenage son Sam.

He showed he still had what it takes at Lancashire League level by taking 34 wickets at 23.47 with a match best six for 40.

Only Sri Lankan pro Geeth Alwis had a better average among the regular bowlers and only Alwis and spinner Paul Senior took more wickets.

Foster, who is in his mid-40s, was troubled by a back injury and had indicated at the end of the season that he would retire. However, he is a fit man for his age and now plans to continue playing.

The news comes hot on the heels of Tod’s capture of Michael Neser, an all-rounder who plays first class cricket for Queensland, as the club’s professional for 2014.

Skipper Andrew Sutcliffe said: “Gideon is a solid bloke and a good team player who led from the front last year when we needed a senior bowler to lead the amateur seam attack.

“ We have a couple of young seamers in the first XI squad and it can only benefit them to play with Gideon and Michael Neser.

“Having Gideon play another season is a real boost and it is like a new signing.”

Todmorden will travel to Walsden for a 20/20 friendly on Friday, May 16.