Team manager Andrew Pinfield is hoping the strength in depth of talent in the Spenser Wilson Halifax League will be apparent in Sunday’s first round of the area knockout cup.
Halifax face the Dales Council at New Farnley without the likes of Robert and Richard Laycock, Tom and Jack Earle and Jamie Sykes, who all have wedding-releated events to attend.
Thornton’s Josh Hutchinson and Sowerby Bridge’s Sam Mellor have dropped out of the team originally named by Jer Lane opener Pinfield a week ago, Triangle pair Jack Gledhill and Tom Fryer coming in.
Pinfield said: “We have probably 10 or 11 first choice players missing but it is still a strong side.
“Those who have come in get a chance to stake a claim for a regular place.”
Pinfield said that if Halifax got through they would be away to the Aire/Wharfe League and that would be a searching test.
“The team we have got for Sunday is made up of in-form players who can all bat and bowl.
“We also have two of the most destructive batsmen in the league in Christian Silkstone and Chris Dennison. On their day they can take any attack apart.”
Halifax League: Christian Silkstone (Triangle), Ross Soames (wkt, Thornton), Steven Senior (Booth), Chris Dennison (Copley), Dean Crossley (Southowram), Graham Kinsey (Warley), Josh Hutchinson (Thornton), Sam Mellor (Sowerby Bridge), Nasir Chowdrey (Jer Lane), Greg Soames (Thornton), Daniel Syme (Warley).
Greetland have admitted defeat in their battle to raise a second team and have withdrawn that side from Division Two of the Halifax League.
Long-standing league members Greetland appealed for new players without much success and League spokesman Paul Whiteley said they had been very sad to pull out.
Greetland seconds had not played a game this season. Opponents had been awarded points but theleague table had been adjusted and a revised fixture list for the division drawn up.
It is a rule of the league that member clubs should have two senior teams on a Saturday but Whiteley said that policy would be reviewed at the end of the season.
The Halifax League is considering a link-up with the Huddersfield Central League within the Yorkshire pyramid system and three clubs from that league only have one side.
Lightcliffe will play Barkisland and Blackley will face Old Crossleyans in the semi-finals of the Halifax Sunday League’s Rod Warhurst Cup on June 12.