THE South Yorkshire League’s top all rounder Steve Foster looks set to be out for the rest of the season - a shattering blow to the title hopes of his club Treeton.
Foster suffered a broken arm in Saturday’s big clash with Premier Division leaders Whitley Hall which Treeton won to rekindle their title chances.
He was struck on the wrist by the first ball he received. He then hit the second ball for four but was in pain, realised there was some damage and immediately retired hurt.
He went for an X-ray which revealed a break to two bones just above the left wrist. Steve had earlier suffered a hamstring injury whilst bowling and had gone out to bat with a runner.
Steve, 43, - formerly skipper of the ECB national side comprising the country’s best ‘non-professional’ players - says it is the first serious injury he has suffered in his career which stretches back over 20 years at senior level and included playing at Minor Counties level.
Before last Saturday’s game he was second in the Premier Division batting averages and its leading run scorer with 765 and top of the division’s bowling averages.
Treeton’s superb chasing down of Whitley’s 293-7 - winning by seven wickets with nearly five overs to spare - meant they closed the gap on Whitley to two points.
However, the Ecclesfield side were toppled from top spot by Elsecar, who go top after defeating Hallam.
On Sunday, Treeton came a cropper at Wickersley in the Whitworth Cup semi-final.
Wickersley made 293-5, Haider Jahangir, 110no and Paul Lund, 53, adding 114 for the third wicket. Reece Shutt made 38no. Treeton were dismissed for 163 (Shahid Hussain 5-35).
Wickersley now play Whitley Hall in Sunday’s final at Wath CC (12.30).
Norton Oakes won a thrilling Mick Savage Charity Cup Final when beating Darfield by three wickets.
Darfield made 272-6 James Ward 85, Simon Potter 70. Aamir Ashfaque took 4-52.
Norton Oakes were 23-3 but Chris Baker, 70 off 66 baslls, and man of the match Hedar Rasool, with a fine 118no, enabled Norton to reach 276-7 with three balls left.