Booth set up derby clash

Booth's Robert Laycock was in fine form last Saturday as he helped his side to victory over Blackley
Booth's Robert Laycock was in fine form last Saturday as he helped his side to victory over Blackley

Booth’s Richard Laycock is looking forward to locking horns with fierce rivals Mytholmroyd for a place in the semi-finals of the Parish Cup on Sunday week.

Booth booked their derby clash following a six wicket win over Thornton in their delayed second round tie last Sunday.

Laycock said that games between the two were always keenly-contested and with both teams having players for the big occasion, the June 21 showdown is likely to be no different.

“It is always good to play at Mytholmroyd - and always nice to beat them!” said Laycock, who will captain the Halifax League representative side at York on Sunday.

“I would describe it as a healthy rivalry. We are all good friends who play down there and there is plenty of mutual respect.

“Hopefully the weather will be fine and we will get a good crowd down to watch.”

Both teams also have their sights set on Halifax League title glory with Booth lying second and Mytholmroyd fourth.

That is certain to add further spice to the occasion with bragging rights firmly on the agenda.

Both teams are very strong and it is difficult to say where the difference will be,” added Laycock. “They have a lot of batters who can be very destructive while we have a strong bowling line-up and can call on five or six players to come up with the goods.”

Sunday’s victory over Thornton was fairly routine, although Laycock admitted that if they had lost another wicket when they were 80 for four could have meant a different story.

“We had them at 19 for three at one stage but Ross Soames and Nikki Hutchinson put some runs together to reach 209 for eight with Soames on 99 not out.

“We started well at 60 for noe but then fell to 80 for four.

“If we had lost another wicket then there would have been the shivers certainly, but myself and Nigel Horsfall batted steady away and Thornton could see the game going away from them.”

Last Saturday Booth cruised to an eight-wicket Premier Division win at Blackley thanks to Rob Laycock’s 134.

Laycock dominated an opening stand of 175 with Rob Worsnop (46) as Booth made light of chasing the home side’s 213 for nine.

PARISH CUP, second round

Thornton v Booth

Booth beat Thornton by 6 wkts

THORNTON 209 for eight

C Ramsden c Rob Laycock b O Collinge 5

G Soames b Rich Laycock 4

N Hutchinson lbw b I Sharkey 47

M Shanks c Rich Laycock b O Collinge 0

R Soames not out 99

T Harrison st Rob Laycock b M Ayub 14

O Dunn b U Saghir 5

R Parr b N Horsfall 31

J Blencowe run out 0

M Higgins not out 0

Extras 4

Bowling: Rich Laycock 9 3 43 1, O Collinge 8 4 22 2, U Saghir 6 1 40 1, M Ayub 9 1 35 1, I Sharkey 8 0 33 1, N Horsfall 6 0 34 1.

BOOTH 211 for four

R Worsnop c R Soames b G Soames 29

Rob Laycock c N Hutchinson b M Clayton 37

H Wajid b M Clayton 5

Rich Laycock not out 49

I Sharkey b G Soames 9

N Horsfall not out 61

Extras 21

Bowling: R Parr 8 1 39 0, J Blencowe 9 0 55 0, M Clayton 9 1 28 2, C Ramsden 5 1 21 0, G Soames 7 0 37 2, M Higgins 2 0 16 0.