Struggling Honley have suffered another massive blow in their bid for Drakes Premiership survival.

As the second-bottom club prepare to host Golcar at Far End Lane, they are preparing for the likely loss for the season of talented all-rounder Timmy Taylor.

The left-handed batsman and spin bowler has aggravated an old footballing injury when simply twisting at work.

The club’s leading run-scorer with 304 runs has torn both the cruciate ligament in his right knee – which he did when playing football for Lepton Highlanders a couple of years ago – and also the cartilage.

Honley captain Simon Kelly

An MRI scan tomorrow is expected to confirm the worst, with an operation almost certain – ruling him out for the rest of the summer.

It’s a sickening blow for skipper Simon Kelly and the Honley faithful as they seek a first Drakes League win of the season, especially as they have just got leg-spinner Tom Craddock back from an injury which ruled him out of the early part of the campaign and signed batsman Steven Nuttall from Barnsley.

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Taylor – one of the league’s most promising all-rounders – was not in the side for the rained-off match at Barkisland last weekend, when Lady Sykes Candlesticks winner Martin Green was called up and Ed Wilson handed the wicketkeeping gloves in an effort to bolster the batting.

In addition to his runs, Taylor also has 12 wickets – so his ability will be sorely missed by the Holme Valley men, who watched him blast 208 in their first-round All Rounder Sykes Cup win against Almondbury Wesleyans.