There could not be a more contrasting experience of the two Priestley Cup final captains on Sunday.
Former Durham and Derbyshire player Lee Goddard leads New Farnley and for years he has been a destructive batsman in top flight cricket.
In contrast Woodlands captain Cieran Garner has just recently graduated to first team cricket having been a second teamer for most of his career.
Goddard has captained East Bierley (2012) and New Farnley (2017) to Priestley Cup Final wins, while Garner led Woodlands to a Priestley Shield win in 2016.
Despite Garner’s relative inexperience at this level he has brought a calm assurance to the side and engendered a fine team spirit. He has also come in to bat in middle-order to see his team over the line on several occasions.
The experienced Goddard knows how to handle players in a cup situations and he has a varied bowling attack to work with.
His batting record this year suggests there is something big around the corner, and he has proved in the past that he shines on the big stage.
What the Captains say
New Farnley- Lee Goddard
“It should be a good match between two very strong sides on the day and hopefully we will get a good crowd in.
"We have a lot of respect for Woodlands. Hopefully it’s a good wicket which might take a bit of spin, but we don’t know about the weather. Even if it doesn’t rain on the day, it’s what’s happened before and the disrupted preparations which might affect things.
“When we beat Woodlands at their place in the league
"it was one of those days that everything fell into place. The ball swung, but not too much- often it can swing too much and it’s no longer dangerous, but that day we put it in the right spots and it happened for us. I couldn’t blame the batting as such - there was little they did wrong, it was just one of those days for the bowlers”.
“Maybe our top order have not fired like it should, but we know this and we are searching for solutions. We need to rediscover the form we are capable of with the bat. Dan (Hodgson) and myself have been going well at times and got out in the 30s.
“I’ve been at New Farnley seven years now and seen the club develop beyond recognition. The team spirit in the camp is the best I have known in my career."
Woodlands - Cieran Garner
“We come into this weekend on the back of what most people have classed as an upset against Wrenthorpe. However, as it’s been proven throughout the season, anyone can beat anyone in the league this year.
"With regards to Sunday, there’s no getting away from the fact that it is a big game”.
Whilst we were recognised as the winners of the Priestley Cup last season, it wasn’t in the way we, or I should imagine, anyone else would have wanted to win it.
"Cup finals are quite rightly one of the biggest days in the calendar. This is not just for the sides involved, but for the hosts, and I’m delighted that Undercliffe have been given another opportunity this year.
“As a club, we are very much looking forward to the game. Ironically, the way in which we bounced back following our league defeat to New Farnley is something we will take confidence from. If we bounce back in the same manner this weekend then we’ll be very tough to stop."