HOYLANDSWAINE are gunning for a second successive League and Cup double this season – but first they must shoot down Azaad in Sunday’s Allsop Cup final at Cawthorne (1.30).
Scott Marsh’s tough Hoylandswaine will start slight favourites as they currently head the Arrow Central League’s Premier section, but they will be well aware of the dangers posed by the Horbury outfit, who inflicted a recent League defeat on the holders and are presently third in the table, nine points behind.
Marsh has plenty of experience in the side to call on, notably Darren Lockwood, who a couple of seasons back was playing representative cricket for the Drakes Huddersfield League team.
Lockwood joined Swaine this season from Shelley, and will be one of the big threats to Azaad, who themselves lifted the Allsop trophy in 2006.
Along with Marsh himself, Ryan Copley (man of the match in last year’s final) and Ian Simon, who is one of the League’s leading wicket-takers after making the move from Kexborough, plus the Mulhall brothers, Tony and Danny, Swaine have plenty of potential matchwinners.
Azaad – who are also in the Tinker Cup final for Second Elevens and going for an amazing fifth consecutive victory – have six players who were involved in the 06 victory, led by skipper Umar Chisti and including Nazaq Hussain won the man-of-the-match in that final triumph.
“The boys are definitely up for it, and we are going into match with plenty of confidence,” said Chisti, who will be looking for big inputs from high-scoring newcomer Imran Mahboob and Sikhander Ibrahim.
It’s the Examiner Twenty/20 Trophy final at Delph on Sunday between the hosts and Honley (2.00). Full preview in tomorrow’s Examiner Sport.