Luke success is staggering!

Downed Streethouse: Luke Duckitt
Downed Streethouse: Luke Duckitt
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Duckitt, who bats straight but is regarded as more of a bowler, blasted 82 to put the Halifax League side on course for a 12-run win away to the 2009 Lord’s finalists from Featherstone.

Warley had travelled with a much-weakened side and no great expectations of beating hosts who have won the Pontefract League nine times in the last 11 years.

When they arrived late and crawled to 38 for three midway through their 40 overs against an attack including ex-Elland bowler Richard Wild, the writing looked on the wall.

However, Duckitt “went ballistic” in the words of skipper Rob Keywood and with good support from second teamer Matthew Whitworth and fellow Saturday night reveller Greg Keywood, Warley managed to post 189 for seven.

That looked woefully inadequate when Streethouse moved to 109 for three at drinks in their reply but good bowling from the likes of Michael Midwood and the Keywoods led to Streethouse being all out for 177 in the last over.

Keywood senior said it had turned out to be a memorable day and that Streethouse had been devastated to lose to a side he described as arriving “looking like a bunch of hill billies” with their party-goers clearly the worse for wear.

He said: “We turned up late. We thought it was a 1.30 start and arrived in a battered old mini bus at five to one.”

Keywood apologised to the officials, one of whom took a look at Duckitt and apparently remarked that he “didn’t look long for this world.”

However, Duckitt showed his powers of recovery not only with his clean hitting but also by coming on to bowl the last over and claiming the final wicket with his second ball.

Keywood, who believes his men will face either the South Yorkshire or Humberside section winners next, said: “The win has really given us a lift - everyone is buzzing.”