Jer Lane won their first major trophy in the Foster’s Halifax League with a sensational victory in the Briggs Priestley Engravers-sponsored Parish Cup final at Blackley today.
The unheralded Jonny Waddington - a surprise late selection when the game started a week earlier - hit the first two balls of the 45th and final over for six to take his side past Booth’s towering 290 for five total.
It capped a fluctuating two hours of play in which Booth looked to have the trophy in their grasp, only to let it slip through their fingers with a succession of dropped catches.
Lane, for their part, were grateful to Jordan Laban for a superb 93 and Micky Hustler for an unbeaten 65 to put them in a position for Waddington to finish it.
Lane resumed at 56 for one after rain had ended play early the previous week and although they lost Junior Williams (23) with the total on 84 they made smooth progress to 177 for two in the 32nd over.
Laban and Raqueeb Younis had laid the platform for a final assault, only for three wickets in 11 balls to put Booth firmly in the ascendancy.
Younis fell to a Rob Laycock catch for 32 and when Johnny Lister was bowled first ball, slow bowler Moazzam Ayub was on a hat-trick.
Lane skipper Hustler only just survived the next delivery, edging the ball low past his stumps, but then had to watch as the 20-year-old Laban fell to a steepling caught and bowled catch by Nigel Horsfall.
At 187 for five the game looked up, particularly as Lane were without holidaying pair Paul Chapman and Graham Sivyer and therefore had only eight wickets to lose.
However, Hustler would have none of it and raced to a 25-ball half-century with some mighty hits mainly over long on.
Nabil Khan’s exit for 15 made the score 239 for six in the 40th over and renewed Booth hopes. However, it all went wrong for them in the 42nd over, in which three chances went begging.
Lane started it still needing 42 runs and Chris Shannon, who had already seen Hustler dropped by Horsfall off his bowling at deep square leg, was unlucky again.
Sub fielder Mark Johnstone was unable to cling on to the ball at long on, dived in vain after misjudging a Hustler skier from the next delivery and then a reaching forward Ollie Collinge put down the Jer skipper at deep extra cover.
Booth’s fielding blues weren’t over yet, John Midgley shelling another chance to get rid of Hustler off paceman Horsfall, who was by now haemorrhaging runs at an alarming rate.
The penultimate over from Shannon was a good one but only nine were required off the last from Horsfall and Waddington launched the first ball over mid-wicket and the next straight down the ground to prompt a pitch invasion by his teammates.
Ex-Blackley player Peter Hennessy adjudged Hustler man of the match while Laban - who did the memory of his late father Karl proud with his innings - collected the Brian Hunter Memorial Trophy as the game’s top scorer.
Lane will now turn their attentions to matching the league and cup double achieved by SBCI last season. Their prospects look bright with a 14 point lead in the Prremier and just a month of the season to go.
Booth v Jer Lane
BOOTH 290 for five
C.Shannon c Lister b Williams 79
P.Thomas c Younis b Williams 47
A.Truscott not out 87
Ric Laycock c Waddington b Williams 24
Rob Laycock c Khan b Chowdrey 10
J.Potkins c Hustler b Khan 8
N.Horsfall not out 20
Bowling: N.Chowdrey 9-0-74-1, J.Lister 9-2-27-0, N.Khan 9-1-61-1, J.Williams 9-1-43-3, M.Hustler 5-0-40-0, R.Younis 4-0-32-0.
JER LANE 293 for six
A.Pinfield c Thomas b Collinge 0
R.Younis c Rob Laycock b Ayub 32
J.Laban c & b Horsfall 93
P.Chapman retired out 25
J.Williams c S,Butterworth b Collinge 23
J.Lister b Ayub 0
M.Hustler not out 65
N.Khan lbw b Shannon 15
J.Waddington not out 30
Bowling: Rick Laycock 4-1-17-0, O.Collinge 9-0-58-2, A.Truscott 2-0-5-0, P.Thomas 5-1-31-0, M.Ayub 9-0-49-2, C.Shannon 7-1-33-1, N.Horsfall 8.2-0-92-1.