SHEPLEY’S Nigel Hoyle will get his Sykes Cup final chance after all tomorrow.
The Shelley High art teacher had been set to miss out on the re-arranged Romida showpiece because he’s emigrating with his family to take up a post in Qatar.
He had been due to depart today but, when the flight confirmations came through, his new employers had booked the travel for Tuesday, giving him extra time to ensure Shepley can field their Heavy Woollen Cup-winning line-up against Skelmanthorpe at Elland (noon).
Skipper Danny Glover has received a further boost, too, with news that Amar Rashid has been released by Unicorns, who have a Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Somerset at Taunton tomorrow.
Unicorns officials are allowing Rashid – who has played all season for them – to play in the Drakes League’s big event, which was rained off a fortnight ago, when umpires Roger Harrison and Alan Morris felt conditions at Hullen Edge were unsafe.
As for Skelmanthorpe, under the leadership of James Dollive, they are also naming an unchanged line-up from the one which should have played on the original date as they bid to retain the trophy won in fine style last summer.
Both teams will be hoping for no late injury problems in today’s Premiership matches.
Skelmanthorpe are just up the road at Shelley, while Shepley entertain Scholes at Marsh Lane.
All Drakes League matches are now starting at 1pm.
So it promises to be a cracking final tomorrow, when the weather is forecast for sunshine and some showers, and supporters are reminded of the earlier than usual start.