It’s a big day for Booth all-rounder Horsfall

THERE will be one notable absentee when Towergate Halifax League title favourites Booth head to Sowerby St Peters on Saturday - Nigel Horsfall.

Thursday, 16th August 2012, 1:23 pm

The all-rounder is getting married to Claire Richardson at Luddenden and his fellow players will be hoping to make the day even more memorable for him by banking another 12 points in the push for honours.

Skipper Robert Laycock said none of the other players would be going to the wedding but club members would be out at force later at the evening ‘do’ at Holdsworth House, Halifax.

“The club won’t be open on Saturday night because we are all going,” said Laycock, whose side remain eight points clear of last weekend’s Parish Cup winners SBCI with four rounds of fixtures left.

Horsfall, perhaps best known for his superb man of the match display for the club’s seconds in the Crossley Shield final a couple of years ago when on the way back from injury, is the only absentee as Booth prepare to face relegation-threatened Sowerby.

Ian Sharkey and Andrew Truscott are both available again leaving Laycock with the tricky task of having to leave someone out.

Booth and SBCI have each notched three maximum-point wins since their cagey contest on July 21 when SBCI trimmed their visitors’ lead by four points.

Laycock is pleased with his side’s form and in no mood to take Sowerby lightly even though he conceded that the St Peters club’s form had “taken a turn for the worse.”

Sowerby have one proven matchwinner in Martin Schofield, who regularly bowls through and is also useful with the bat, but Laycock said Booth couldn’t just afford to concentrate their attentions on one player.

“We’ve four matches left and we have to keep going,” said Laycock, whose side have still to face Sowerby Bridge, Copley and Warley.