Booth complete superb fightback

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Booth were cock-a-hoop after a dramatic win over derby foes Mytholmroyd in the top section of the Foster’s Halifax League.

Royd looked certain to prevail when they moved to 96 for three, chasing Booth’s poor 138 on a good wicket.

However, the hosts folded to 119 all out and visiting all-rounded Richard Laycock admitted the visitors had been delighted.

“We had dropped Tom (Earle) and Adie (Gawthrope) but then they were both out within three balls of each other to make it 96 for five,” said Laycock.

“Even then you think Mytholmroyd have lots of batting. But James Cowens was lbw to make them six down, and the ball after Jack Earle was run out.”

Laycock eventually finished things with two wickets in six balls, Usman Saghir having done earlier damage.

Booth’s Parish Cup game at Thornton was put back to this Sunday due to a wet pitch. The rearrangement could work in their favour as Nigel Horsfall, Rob Worsnop, Moazzam Ayub and Jon Midgley would have been missing four days ago.

Bridgeholme are top of Division One after another seven wicket haul from Nazakat Ali, at Northowram, while Ollie Hemingway’s ton helped Luddenden Foot beat Bradshaw