HUDDERSFIELD’S Joe Lumb side could be forgiven for experiencing a touch of deja vu after losing this season’s Cup opener to the Bradford League – by one wicket.
Last September they were beaten in a memorable Cup final at Kirkburton by the same opponents and by the same margin, only this time instead of Bradford hitting the winning runs off the penultimate delivery, they sealed the win off the last ball of the match!
Huddersfield’s batsmen failed to perform, with only three, Mike Burgess (56), Abdul Wahid (43) and Alex Walker (21) getting into double figures after batting first.
Huddersfield’s bowlers did their best to make it a close contest however, with Jamie Jagger taking an excellent six for 56 as Bradford reached the final over with nine down and six runs required for victory.
Walker, who was making his debut for the League’s Under 17s, bowled the final over, and did his best to limit them to a two, a single, two leg byes and a dot ball, leaving Bradford needing a single off the last ball.
When the ball was played back to him, he picked up and shied at the stumps, but missed, and the home side went through for an overthrow to win the game.