Towergate Halifax League Sunday Section: JORDAN Foster will have to wait a little longer for his maiden half-century at senior level but it was still a satisfying day for the Blackley youngster on Sunday.
The under 15s player hit a four off the third ball of the final over to help his side win at Southowram and move clear again at the top of Division One.
That left him on 49 not out, Foster having earlier opened the bowling and taken two wickets for a visiting side fielding seven under 17s players against their relegation-haunted hosts.
Matches were of 30 overs per side and on Sunday morning on Crossley Shield final day but the Rams looked unlikely to bat their reduced overs allocation when they stumbled to 96 for eight with teenage medium pacer Jacob Linsel picking up four wickets.
However, a late flourish aided by dropped catches took Southowram to 151 for nine and the game was in the balance when Blackley slipped to 58 for three in reply.
Foster then figured in a 71-run stand with another under 15s player, Lawrie Hughes (37), and with three required off the final over, two singles and a boundary were more than enough.
Norden, who had started the day level with Blackley, were beaten by 10 runs at Rastrick.
Robin Lambert led the way for the hosts, making 115 not out as Rastrick notched 233 for two, having taken 67 off nine overs before the first wicket fell.
Lambert and Daniel Thaxter (79 no) added 154 in an unbroken third-wicket partnership.
Norden set out at eight an over with Ian Bird, Ben Patterson and Ian Schofield in form. Lee Wild hit a swift 79 but Jonathan Bamforth fired in yorker after yorker to hit the visitors’ progress and his three wickets ensured the visitors finished just short.
Lightcliffe’s double hopes were hit by a defeat at Booth, where Seb Holmes took three wickets in four balls to follow up a hat-trick for the under 17s last week. Matthew Lumb’s 55 was another key factor in Booth’s 60-run victory.
Triangle squeezed home off the penultimate ball at home to Illingworth. Five players made half-centuries, the experienced Bob Callighan making 57 not out to see the hosts through by four wickets.
Northowram Fields kept alive their chances of back-to-back promotions with a 33-run defeat of the previous Division Two leaders Bradshaw.
Division Three leaders Elland were forced to switch their game with Sowerby to Stainland because of the re-arranged Sykes Cup final but still won by eight-wickets.