Ignorance is bliss for shock middle-section finalists Low Moor, who will be looking to upset the apple cart against SBCI in Sunday’s Parish Cup.
Skipper Nick Wood said none of his players had ever attended the Towergate Halifax League’s showcase fixture, sponsored by Briggs Priestley and held this year at Sowerby St Peters (1.30).
“We’re all new to it. A couple of club members have been and they say that it is a big deal,” he said.
“We understand that we are underdogs but we are happy with that and we are looking forward to it.”
Wood said his knowledge of SBCI was limited to having heard of their star batsman Jamie Summerscales, but then his men had been in a similiar situation for the semi-final when they travelled to Booth and emphatically toppled the league leaders.
Wood missed that game with a broken wrist and enjoyed patrolling the boundary and watching his clubmates confound the home supporters.
“The pitch was damp, which was a great leveller, but our players did a really good job and but for that late hat-trick (by Richard Laycock) they would have done it comfortably.”
While SBCI have been confidently going about their business in the Premier recently, former Bradford Central League side Low Moor having been bumping along near the bottom of Division One.
They have been harder hit by most with the weather this summer but Wood has been disappointed by his side’s recent league form, even allowing for a string of near misses.
“We have been playing well in parts of games but not really seeing it through,” he said.
Wood reckons his side are in the last chance saloon as far as staying up is concerned at Queensbury tomorrow, meaning they must concentrate their efforts on that game first.
Low Moor will be at full strength on Sunday. They have two consistent opening batsmen in Andy Croasdell and Mark Mills while Wood, who has plenty of bowling options, says all-rounder Mark Stokes is the first name on his teamsheet.
In contrast to Low Moor, SBCI have been there, done that and got the t-shirt as far as Parish Cup finals are concerned.
They were beaten by Triangle at Copley in 2008 but upset Mytholmroyd at Blackley two years ago when tall opener Alex Kaye, now at Barkisland, hit a century.
Skipper Jamie Sykes, the former Barkisland player, is similarly in the dark about Sunday’s opposition but will be keen to guard against complacency in his ranks.
“It’s a one-off game and Low Moor have beaten two Premier sides in Booth and Southowram.
“But we are doing quite well in the league and I have faith in my lads. “
SBCI beat Oxenhope, Northowram Hedge Top and Old Town before crushing Sowerby Bridge by eight wickets in the semi-finals.
While they haven’t topped 200 runs many times this season, their bowlers have cashed in on rain-affected wickets.
Sykes’s men are second in the Premier and are unfortunate not to be much closer to Booth. They will hope to push their title claims at Blackley tomorrow.
Low Moor have had wins against Bridgeholme, Southowram and Clayton before accounting for Booth on their way to the final.