Cup final hopes

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS       'Leyland pro' Brett Pelser in action against Kendal at Fox Lane
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS 'Leyland pro' Brett Pelser in action against Kendal at Fox Lane

Leyland will be looking to win their first silverware of the season when they host the Readers Cup Division One final on Sunday.

Club officials are hoping for a big crowd when Dave Makinson’s side take on Kendal, with play starting at 1.30pm.

Leyland beat Netherfield in the semis while Kendal defeated St Annes to make the final.

The Fox Lane outfield are still in the hunt to defend their Northern League title and will be looking to avenge Saturday’s shock defeat against Kendal.

Makinson said it promises to be an exciting contest.

“After what happened in Saturday’s league game, we will be determined to avenge our defeat,” he said.

“We didn’t perform to our best with either bat or ball in a game that could ultimately prove decisive in the destination of the league title.

“Let’s hope we can have good weather this week to give us a chance to produce a batsman-friendly pitch.

“If we do, it could be a high-scoring affair. Kendal have three top class batsman in their New Zealand test pro’ Jamie How, Northern League legend Terry Hunte and Cumberland Minor Counties player Jonathan Miles.

“They have a solid, if unspectacular, bowling attack, that I am sure we are capable of scoring heavily against if we show anything approaching the form we have shown for most of the season.

“It will be nice to play in a cup final on Fox Lane.

“The last one I played on that gound was in 1980 when we won the Slater Cup in a last over thriller.

“Let’s hope for the same close game and result next Sunday.”

Before the game a bench is being unveiled in memory of former player Matthew Miller, 17, who died in January, 2010.