SHELLEY Seconds will be hoping to put last weekend’s disappointing defeat to Meltham in the Paddock Shield semi-final behind them when they visit Skelmanthorpe in the semi-final of the Crowther Cup tomorrow.

The in-form Westerley Lane side had high hopes of making two finals this season, but they received a major shock when Meltham knocked them over for 80 and went on to a nine-wicket win.

Had they played the previous week, as scheduled, when opener Gary Eastwood was available, then it may have been a different story. But without him, and coupled to losing Examiner prizewinning batsman David Greaves to the first ball of the match, the twin blows proved too much.

Tomorrow is the big chance for Eastwood’s teammates to redeem themselves, although Skelmanthorpe will have other ideas.

With the Lidgett Lane club’s first team taking all the plaudits so far this season, the Seconds will be keen to put themselves in the frame for honours.