Foot in good heart for derby after tie drama

Todmorden v Church.Oliver Wood
Todmorden v Church.Oliver Wood

It’s derby day in Division Two of the Foster’s Halifax League on Saturday with Luddenden Foot looking to push their promotion claims at the expense of visitors Old Town.

Foot will go into the game on the back of a thrilling high-scoring tie at Stones last week.

The Ripponden side posted 273 for eight, which included 91 from Kevin O’Rourke.

When Foot quickly lost Chris Roy they looked up against it but Karl Whipp hit 87 off 60 balls to put the visitors back in the hunt.

Gareth Hall and Grant Helliwell kept up the good work and Foot were left needing 15 to win off the final over.

Their chances increased when Jacob Hyde hit the first delivery for six and the sides arrived at the final ball with Foot needing three.

Helliwell struck the ball to long on and he and Hyde scampered two for a tie.

The bad news for Foot was that they fell 25 points behind leaders Low Moor and five behind Wibsey Park Chapel.

“It looks as though we are battling for second spot with Wibsey because I don’t think Low Moor have lost a game yet,” said Whipp.

Whipp, who returned recently from a broken arm, was happy to emerge with a tie.

“I lost the toss and we had to field 45 overs in the heat so we did extremely well to chase down 273.”

Star youngster Isaac Baldwin and hard-to-remove batsman Richard Pinder will miss the Old Town match but bowler Gareth Swain returns.

Foot have already won at Old Town this season, bowling their hosts out cheaply.

Old Town went down at home to Stainland by seven wickets last Saturday after being dismissed for 131.

Booth go to Copley on Saturday on the back of an 81-run win at home to Thornton.

Rob Laycock maintained his good form with an unbeaten 87 and Nigel Horsfall (47) and Jon Midgley (30) lifted the total to 267 for seven.

Ross Soames made 57 in reply but Rick Laycock (four for 49) reduced Thornton to 84 for seven and they were eventually all out for 186.

Mytholmroyd made 216 and Adie Gawthrope’s four wickets left visitors Copley up against it. However, Mark Baldwin (61 no) and Craig Taylor (39 no) carried Copley to a three-wicket win.

In Division One, Oxenhope beat Bridgeholme by 125 runs to leave their visitors propping up the table.

Josh Fleetwood (42), Darren Hopkinson (48) and Joe Ousey (41) led the way to a score of 263 for eight.

Two early wickets from Stuart Jackson put Bridgeholme on the back foot and paceman Liam Dyson produced a match winning eight for 56, including the last man first ball.

Ben Fielden scored 43 for Bridgeholme and Iqbal’s 38 including six sixes.

Bridgeholme host Outlane on Saturday while Oxenhope face a tough test away to Sowerby SP, who tied with leaders Southowram last weekend.