Booth hit form prior to revenge bid in cup

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It’s the first round of the Parish Cup on Sunday and there is no doubt that Booth have a score to settle when they travel to Low Moor.

Defeat for Robert Laycock’s side in last year’s semi-finals was not only one of the biggest shocks in the 2012 competition but also derailed Booth’s bid for a double.

The Broadfold Park side eventually finished empty-handed as SBCI not only beat Low Moor in the cup final but also snatched top spot in the Premier Division from Booth on the final day of the season.

Booth made an uncertain start to their Foster’s Halifax League programme in 2013, suffering defeats at the hands of Blackley and Thornton in their opening two games.

However, Laycock’s men were decisive winners against Copley last weekend.

Laycock said that success had been a handy boost prior to a trip to Triangle tomorrow and the cup return at Low Moor .

“It was a good performance,” said Laycock, after the 124-run win over Copley.

Laycock made 88 not out in a century stand with John Potkins (50) which helped Booth to 257 for six but it was Nigel Horsfall’s seven for 39 which really pleased the skipper.

Horsfall was making his first appearance of the season after knee problems and an elbow operation and Laycock said: “He bowled brilliantly - fast and straight.”

Low Moor now play at a level two divisions below Booth, having been relegated last year, but Laycock said they had been deserved winners of the semi-final.

Mozam Ayub missed Saturday’s game after a new addition to the family but if he returns alongside Horsfall, Richard Laycock, Chris Shannon and Ollie Collinge it is hard to imagine there is a better equipped attack for the cup, with its nine-over limit.

Booth are keen to get their hands back on the cup, following success in 2009, while also casting a keen eye on the early league table.

Laycock added: “It was important for us to get 12 points last weekend and it will be a lot tighter at the top this time.

“We only lost three games and came second last year - I can’t imagine any other side in the last 10 years having done that and not been champions.”