Moorlands Cricket Club captain Eddie Walmsley is delighted with the club’s start to their Premiership campaign.

They are going well in the league and will face arch rivals Hoylandswaine in the Sykes Cup quarter-finals. Walmsley is hoping his team can keep up their form and make a solid start into an excellent one. 

On a winning start after last season’s disappointing league campaign, Walmsley said: “We have started the season well. The four new players who have come into the squad have started well too and made big contributions to the team.

“We are starting off games very well which was a problem for us last season. We began fixtures slow and gave teams an advantage so we have worked really hard on turning that around.

“We are pleased with the level of performances we have put in so far but the task now is to keep those standards high, especially going into the summer where the wickets get harder. That might suit certain teams more than others.”

Huddersfield Cricket League. Image by: SEAN DOYLE

Moorlands had a difficult season last year and ended up finishing mid-table. However, the Sykes Cup provided their salvation as they won it for the second successive year, beating Hoylandswaine in the final both times.

Mirfield-based Moorlands will be hoping to make it a hat-trick of wins this season and will have to beat league champions Hoylandswaine earlier this time, as they clash in the quarter-finals on Sunday June 11. 

Walmsley said: “Personally I’m not bothered whether we face Hoylandswaine now or in the final, I just want to beat them again! It might be a bit different this time as when we have played them in the two previous finals things have got a bit heated.

“Personnel has changed so it might be more calm in terms of the atmosphere when we face them in June.

“I am really looking forward to the match. We play them in the league the day before so it’ll be an interesting weekend which will give us a good marker as to where we are as a team.”