DARRELL SYKES and Adnan Ghani clash again on the cricket field on Saturday – 10 years on from representing their countries.

Moorlands’ opening bowler Sykes and Denby all-rounder Ghani were in the England and Pakistan Deaf teams respectively which contested a series back in 2006.

They will renew their rivalry in the Jedi Sports Championship at Moorlands’ Memorial Ground in Mirfield, with Sykes keen to help second-placed Moorlands strengthen their promotion push and Ghani determined to help Denby improve on eighth place in the standings.

Ghani, of course, made an immediate impact on his arrival in the Drakes Huddersfield League by taking all 10 wickets against Marsden at Hemplow.

Now 31, his 10 for 23 haul in 9.3 overs dismissed Marsden for 55 and helped Denby clinch a 10-wicket win, but he has been injured since and able to bowl only infrequently, operating as a middle-order batsman instead.

Sykes is Moorlands’ leading wicket-taker with 16 at 15.13 apiece as they seek an immediate return to the Drakes Premiership.

He has bowled 69.3 overs so far this season compared with Ghani’s 21.3 (12 wickets) – the man from Attock in Pakistan being the 16th top run-scorer in the division so far with 198 at an impressive average of 99.

In March this year, Ghani was part of the Pakistan team which beat England in the Deaf ICC final in Sharjah.

Back in 2006, Sykes was part of an England side hosting the Pakistan Deaf team for the first time and they emerged victorious.

The Test series in Essex and Kent was drawn 0-0 before an ODI series which was also drawn 1-1. England then won a one-off T20 international.

Sykes remains the proud holder of some of the best bowling figures for the England Deaf team.

George Greenway and Paul Allen both have seven-wicket hauls to their credit and Gary Probert and Umesh Valjee six-wicket returns, but Sykes has two five-wicket hauls against his name.

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He took, five for 28 against Bangladesh in November 2005 and five for 50 against India the same month.

This weekend, Sykes will have his work cut out as Denby have the second-top scorer in the Championship in Farhan Hussain, who has smacked 381 runs so far at 95.25, to be just 27 runs behind Linthwaite’s Asif Hussain.

Ghani is Denby’s second highest run-scorer, with Sarfraz Ahmed (170 at 42.50) and Qaiser Rashid (169 at 33.80) not far behind in the divisional standings.

Chris Stott is Moorlands’ main run-scorer with 223 at 37.17, while Naveed Zamurad is just two runs behind him.

Zamurad also has nine wickets, with Sykes also backed up in the bowling department by Jake Dubbeldam (10 wickets at 14.20).