Champs Lane in victory parade

Jer Lane after their Parish Cup success in August
Jer Lane after their Parish Cup success in August

The party goes on for Foster’s Halifax League double winners Jer Lane, who will be taking their celebrations to a whole new level on Sunday.

Mick Hustler’s champions and Parish Cup winners have hired an open top bus for a two-hour victory parade.

They will leave their Horton Bank Top ground at 1.0pm and travel down Great Horton Road on their way to the Tesco supermarket before going up Moor Avenue and past Buttershaw St Paul’s CC.

They will then travel on Halifax Road to Shelf and Northowram on their way to Halifax town centre and Sowerby Bridge, turning round at Walton Street and returning via Queensbury.

The open top bus trip has been organised by opening batsman Andrew Pinfield, who said the club was not only celebrating the first team’s trophy wins but also successes for the seconds and juniors.

“This must be unique - a one-off in the league I would imagine,” said Pinfield, who is expecting to see some bemused onlookers en route.

Jer Lane will be carrying a banner with them which will explain to a certain extent who they are and that they are celebrating.

Pinfield is expecting up to 60 people on the bus and explained why it would be going to Sowerby Bridge.

“We’ve spoken to one or two people at Mytholmroyd CC. We get on well with them and if they can get into Sowerby Bridge we’ll give them a wave.”

Once their trip is completed, Jer Lane will have a party back at the club.

Yorkshire have confirmed the signing of New Zealand international Kane Williamson as the club’s overseas player for the 2014 season.

Williamson, 23, who joined Yorkshire on a short-term contract in August, has played four matches for the white rose county, averaging 53 with the bat from seven Championship innings including a top score of 97.

“It is great news to have Kane on board for next season,” said Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

“He has settled in well and is a popular member of the dressing room. We have seen him excel in four-day cricket in the short time he has been with us and I have no doubt that he will be a tremendous asset in all forms of the game next season.”

Williamson said: “One of the reasons why I wanted to return next season was the fact that we are on verge of something special.

“We have all the processes in place to be successful over the next few years. There are a number of young players coming through that are ready to add competition for places.”

Once his commitments come to an end with Yorkshire at the end of this week, Williamson will be joining up with the Black Caps on their tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.