Hickey and Mordue relishing challenge

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Two men with strong Calderdale links have been confirmed as Yorkshire’s player-managers for this summer.

Siddal’s Graham Hickey will be in charge of the home side and Chris Mordue, who is leaving Brighouse Sports for Pudsey BC, will be at the helm of away team as Yorkshire look to regain the Crosfield Cup.

Hickey is taking over as boss from Halifax’s Keith Hatzer, the new Yorkshire president, and Mordue is stepping into the shoes of Allan Thompson, who has retired.

Hickey has relinquished the captaincy to Elland-born Graeme Wilson and will have Steve Haigh (Netherton) as his assistant but plans to play on as he makes a slow recovery from the injuries he suffered in an accident in August 2010.

The window cleaner damaged his shoulder, elbow, knee, thumb, hand and wrist in a fall and is still having problems with his right knee in particular.

“I’m planning to play but I will have to see how it goes,” said the twice Yorkshire Merit winner.

Yorkshire’s choice of home greens has divided opinion in recent years but hasn’t stopped the white rose side being inter-county champions two years ago and runners-up to Shropshire last year.

Hickey said home results hadn’t been great but green advantage had been negated to a certain extent last summer by the wet weather.

“I will be looking to use a few different greens but only ones that the players know well and are comfy with,” he said.

“We have a pretty settled team although Dave Cooper won’t be playing this year.”

Mordue, whose loss to Brighouse will be a big blow as the Russell Way club steps up to the Halifax League’s top flight, will have James Davison as his captain.

He said: “Me and Graham are probably the two oldest players in the teams. We have a lot of good young lads and we are hoping to take things on to the next level.”

Mordue, who lives in Birkenshaw, said he had left Brighouse after 30 years - broken only by a three-year stint at Spen Victoria - for two reasons. He was disappointed with his own modest form on a green laid in 2004 and also by Brighouse’s yo-yo nature in the Mirfield League.

“I need to be in the top division really to be able to see the top players,” he said.

Mordue confirmed that his son Josh would be staying at Brighouse and would be ferried to the club by his uncle Steve Foster. Josh is a very promising player and member of the county junior side.

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The entry is limited to 64 bowlers who will be playing for prize money of more than £350,entries permitting).

Play starts at 10.00am with scratching after the first four jacks off on each green.

Weather permitting, there will be a supplementary competition for first round losers.

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