HUDDERSFIELD ended this season’s Joe Lumb Cup journey on a positive note with victory over Nidderdale at Skelmanthorpe to mark the end of Richard Dodson’s tenure as team manager.
The home side were sent in to bat after losing the toss and it was a decision the Nidderdale skipper was quickly to regret as Mike Burgess (76), Eddie Wilson (29) and Jonny Hoyle (58) led Huddersfield to a position of strength at 170-2.
Burgess, in particular, looked a genuine talent as his knock came from just 99 balls without giving a chance as he put on 124 in 26 overs with debutant Hoyle.
Huddersfield finished on 249-8 before Dom Storey and Alex Walker took over with the ball, having the visitors in all sorts of trouble.
Storey has been the pick of the Huddersfield bowlers all season, and he didn’t disappoint on his home ground, sending down 15 overs, seven of which were maidens, allowing the batsmen just 33 runs while taking out Nidderdale’s key batsman.
On this occasion, however, it was his Lidgett Lane teammate Jamie Jagger who was the biggest threat as he bowled with pace and swing and took four for 30 as Nidderdale were held at 191-7.
Tom Barber captained the side well throughout the competition and helped in the final win with a stunning slip catch.
Eight of the players on duty at Skelmanthorpe are still available next season, so Dodson’s successor will have a good foundation to work with.
However, the next team manager (whoever he or she is) will have some substantial shoes to fill after an excellent 10-year record by the inspirational Dodson.