Delph determined to regain premier title

DELPH Cricket Club is on a mission to regain the Drakes Huddersfield League, premier division title.

 

Waqar Maqsood with Pakistan Super League Trophy

Winners in 2016, Delph were pipped last season by Hoylandswaine as they finished runners-up.

Andy Gleave, who has helped Delph lift four trophies in his two seasons as captain, has high hopes for the new season.

He said: “Last year we probably lacked a little and Hoylandswaine won it rightly. But finishing second and winning the T20 wasn’t a bad season.

“When I look at this side, it is stronger than last season and trying to claim back the league is the priority.”

Delph have a new professional, Pakistani Waqar Maqsood, an opening bowler who has a 9-32 haul in a first-class match in the current season.

Maqsood, who played for Baildon in the Bradford League last season, also recently helped Isb United win the Pakistani Super League, a T20 competition.

Delph have reinforced their batting by capturing former Cheshire and Lancashire seconds player Chris Tipper from Glossop.

They also acted swiftly to replace left-arm quick bowler Michael Finan who has left for Flowery Field by signing Waqar Yaqoob who took 41 wickets for East Brierley in the Bradford League last season.

Lancashire’s Arron Lilley will also be again playing for Delph when he is not needed by the Old Trafford club.

Gleave expects Hoylandswaine, Shepley and Honley to be their main challengers for the title.

Delph have friendlies at Westhoughton on Saturday, April 14 and home to Heyside 24 hours later.

They begin their league campaign at Thongsbridge on Saturday, April 21 and the next day are at Astley Bridge in the National Cup.

It is the first time they have played in this competition for many years.

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