Bardsey and Boro poised for Addison battle

hsb  Cameron Pitt batting for Knaresborough against Upper Wharfedale.  (120526M3d)

hsb Cameron Pitt batting for Knaresborough against Upper Wharfedale. (120526M3d)

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A host of exciting cricketers are set to grace Spofforth’s pitch tonight, for the third attempt at the Addison Cup final (6.15pm start).

The 2012 Addison final has twice been hampered by the weather, but tonight, weather permitting, Knaresborough and Bardsey are poised for battle in this year’s competition.

Former West Indian test star Collis King, Harwood Williams, big-hitting Kelvin Patterson, Pudsey Congs overseas Mohammad Naved and evergreen Babar Butt are down to play for the Keswick Laners.

Boro’ will be hoping Bradford League batsman Greg Pickles continues to fire at the top of the innings. He was the hero for Boro’ in their semi-final win against Goldsborough.

“It’s going to be a tough game, Bardsey have a pretty good side on a Wednesday night,” said Pickles.

“But we’re up for it, we’ve got a good young side, we’ve got a chance, we’re pretty confident.”

Bardsey’s Andy Bowes is equally excited.

“We are top of the league, and they are second, it should be a good one,” he said.

“It’s a much smaller ground this year, which will help our older batsmen, I hope. Last year it was a big field at Harrogate, but I’m expecting a high-scoring game at Spofforth.”

Bardsey lost their cup crown to Studley Royal last season.

If they do beat their Boro’ rivals it will be their second Addison win in the last three seasons. Their last triumph was at the expense of Shadwell. ‘Boro’ are searching for their eleventh victory in the 90-year history of the competition.