Jubilant Jamie targets further trophy success

Jubilant Parish Cup-winning captain Jamie Sykes can see no reason why SBCI’s golden era should not go on for many more years.

The men from The Astleys reclaimed the trophy from Copley with a 26-run win over Low Moor at Sowerby last Sunday.

Sykes hopes that two cups wins, plus last year’s middle-section title success, is the start of a silverware-grabbing run in the Towergate Halifax League.

SBCI are chasing Booth hard in the title race and Sykes believes there is plenty more to come from a young side.

“We’ve worked hard this season as a team and we have a lot of young talent so there is no reason why we shouldn’t go on to win more trophies.”

Top flight stability and a good cup run were the Church Institute’s targets on their return to the top flight in 2012.

They have lost just one game - to Triangle - and the double may still be on the cards if they can bridge the eight point gap between themselves and Booth.

Sykes said: “We’re just looking to get 12 points in each game and hoping Booth slip up.

“Their fixtures are looking okay but you never know, they could have an off day so we have to keep going.

“We’re bowling well as a team and regularly taking 10 wickets but it is not in our hands.”

Sykes was delighted his side had justified strong favouritism under his captaincy, Ben Summerscales having led the team to an upset victory over Mytholmroyd at Blackley in the 2010 final.

“It means more to me this time being skipper - the last one was a bit of a blur - and it is great for the club,” he said.

“Low Moor put up a great fight and with the talent that they have it would be no surprise if they are in the Premier in a couple of years.

“Matthew Hoyle’s 20 at the end of our innings was a big bonus but we would back ourselves to defend 200, something we have done pretty regularly.”

Sykes’s Low Moor counterpart Nick Wood had no regrets about having elected to field on the first Sunday of the game.

His side were the harder hit by absentees on the second Sunday. They had to manage without Mark Mills, arguably their best batsman, while SBCI were able to use Thomas Con way as a sub fielder for star man Jamie Summerscales, who had made 59 at the start of the game.

Wood said: “I had to put them in. We had the better of the wicket because it was a bit soft on the first day.”

The skipper felt it had been an even contest. “I’m very pleased and proud. It’s a shame Millsey wasn’t here but I’m chuffed with how we batted and bowled.”

Low Moor had beaten Premier pair Southowram and Booth in previous rounds and Wood added: “The good thing to come out of it is that we have showed that when we play well we are capable of matching the best sides in the league.

“We’ve enjoyed our big day and are already looking forward to next season. We think we can win the bottom division.”