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Hanging Heaton skipper John Carruthers eyes lucky 13 in Priestley Cup final
John Carruthers is hoping that 13 is a lucky number for him in Sunday's Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup final.
He recalls: “Anthony McGrath made a century and I can remember we were going well in reply when rain halted play.
“When we returned on the Monday we lost wickets and our chance was gone.”
Carruthers returned to Hanging Heaton in 2010, after two seasons at Birstall, to take on the key role of cricket chairman.
He has played an important part in reviving his club’s fortunes.
August has been a golden month for Hanging Heaton. Their Heavy Woollen Cup win was followed by the second team’s triumph in the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Shield.
Now Hanging Heaton have the chance to win more silverware.
Carruthers said: “As cricket chairman I am absolutely delighted for all those people who have worked so hard to revive the club.
“In 2009 we were relegated to the Bradford League Division Two and the club was going in the wrong direction but all that has changed now.
“We know we are the underdogs on Sunday. Lightcliffe are a good side with lots of quality players and, on their day, they are an exceptional team but we have nothing to lose.
“Lightcliffe have possibly the strongest batting line-up in the league but we have shown this season that we are a good cup side.”
Hanging Heaton have match-winners of their own. Former Yorkshire all-rounder Gary Fellows has consistently proved himself to be one of the most effective players in league cricket, while skipper Mark Lawson’s leg spin and the all-round qualities of David Stiff will be crucial to their hopes.
Carruthers is full of praise for the contribution Fellows has made. “He has been a great signing for us,” he said.
“Gary is an exceptionally-talented all-rounder and also a great character. He is unassuming and, even when we signed him, I didn’t realise just how much he would bring to our team.
“David Stiff has been given more responsibility and has responded with consistent performances.
“He is another player who is great to have in the dressing room.
“Building a team isn’t just about having good players, it is about having good characters, and that’s a quality all successful sides have. Just look at Woodlands in recent years and Cleckheaton.”
Hanging Heaton: Mark Lawson (capt), Gary Fellows, Joe Fraser, James Stansfield, Imran Dawood, Joe Suggitt (wkt), David Stiff, Dan Busfield, Jamie Baulk, John Carruthers, Jacob Lacey.
Lightcliffe: (from) Chris Taylor (capt), Charlie Roebuck, Alex Stead, David Hester, Oliver Robinson, Jonothan Wilson, Suleman Khan, Josh Wheatley, Mark Horne (wkt), Moin Ashraf, Mamood Rasool, Daanyaal Ahmed.
Umpires: Philip Radcliffe and Keith Dickens.
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