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A strange kind of semi

So the Covid cup reaches an interesting stage this weekend for a number of teams and none more so than our seconds. After 5 games we now have a situation where 17 points will see us reach the final a week tomorrow, which we believe would be at Jenny Lane.

It seems strange to call it a semi final, but essentially it is and we hope all our members can come up to support the team. At the start of the season we made a decision to still enter 4 senior teams, not really knowing if we would be able to fulfill the fixtures, but keen to give as many people as possible a game. This is a decision which has been vindicated with some weeks having to leave people out. It's something I know I'm proud of as a club, given we've not had to enter the loan market.

The aim this year was to try blood some younger players, whilst trying to include everyone as much as possible.

This week will see Louis Turner make his second team bow for the season, which will mean that 8 of the under 18s have played in the firsts or seconds this year. This has hopefully given them all a taste of Bradford League cricket, and shown them the benchmark of what is needed. We hope their senior careers will see them progress through the ranks.

An under 18s side beat a James Butterfield Select 11 just two weeks ago to win the Simon Heginbotham trophy, so the talent is there. I'd like to thank all members of the club for making cricket possible this season during very testing times. James Butterfield continues to be there long before the rest of the team setting up the ground so play can be possible. This sort of contribution cannot be underestimated. Who knows, if he does it one more time I may just let him bowl a few overs.

Enjoy the game.

Darren Wilson

2nd Team Captain

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