THERE will be a good deal of pride at stake, not to mention the derby bragging rights, when Liversedge and Scholes lock horns in Central Yorkshire League Division One tomorrow.
Liversedge are one place and one point above their local rivals, so it should be an evenly contested game at Roberttown Lane, the venue for this season’s Heavy Woollen Cup final.
Mark Hydes returned to captain Liversedge this year but a football injury has prevented him from playing to date, so has has been forced to watch his promising young side from the sidelines.
The club have brought over 18-year-old Australian Conor McInerney to gain some experience playing in England, while most of the Liversedge top order have come through the junior ranks.
Sixteen-year-old Connor Rowlands has been opening the bowling, while Ross Kieswetter, brother of England star Craig, was at Liversedge but has now left to study at the Adelaide University.
Last week, Hydes signed Nick Summerscales from Hanging Heaton to play a number of games.
Hydes explained: “I’ve known Nick for a very long time and he has agreed to come help an old mate out.
“He will not be able to bowl but Nick is a very capable batter at this level and he will play around six matches for us.”
All-rounder Craig Wood is relishing the prospect of coming up against his former side tomorrow as he spent time as captain of Scholes before having a spell at Birstall.
Hydes added: “We are looking to consolidate this season but it is great to have the Heavy Woollen final returning to our club.
“Alan Trevitt is groundsman and cricket chairman and he has done a terrific job, the ground is looking fantastic.
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