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Woodlands facing tough Driffield test

Woodlands  facing tough Driffield test


 

One cup that has eluded Woodlands has been the White Rose Trophy which is awarded to the winners of the Yorkshire Premier League Play-Offs.

Having lost narrowly in the finals of 2019 and 2021 to Yorkshire Premier League North champions Sheriff Hutton Bridge and Castleford they will be hoping to go one better this year.

But lying in their way tomorrow in the semi-final at Albert Terrace are the current Yorkshire Premier League North title holders Driffield who are competing in the play-offs for the first time – just as Sheriff Hutton Bridge and Castleford were when they defeated Woodlands.

Driffield are captained by the former Hanging Heaton captain Sam Drury and their batting line-up has been one of the key factors in their success this season.

Alex Drury (736), Sam Drury (670) and George Drury (636) have all been consistent scorers along with Owen Goldsworth (571).

Overseas player Mayank Mistra has been the pick of their bowlers having taken 54 wickets with his left arm spin.

Woodlands, who won their last 11 league games to clinch their ninth championship, will be looking for another big performance from their skipper Brad Schmulian.

He has delayed his return to New Zealand to ensure he could feature in the play-offs and that is going to be a big boost for his side, especially as he has scored 1,105 league runs and taken 60 wickets with his leg spin.

Schmulian would dearly love to end his first season as captain on a high, but Woodlands have other match winners in their side too.

Tim Jackson’s consistency at the top of the order has been crucial while Muhammad Bilal can turn any game with bat or ball.

It promises to be an intriguing contest with the prize for the winners being a place in the final at Headingley on Sunday, September 18 against the winners of the second semi-final between Appleby Frodingham and Middlesbrough.

Play starts at 11am and there will be a two-minute silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II before the game.

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