Dan Busfield will be playing against the sidse he captained last season
Picture: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League
Last season Dan Busfield was captain of New Farnley now he is preparing to face his old club for the first time in Sunday'ss Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup final.
He will be opening the bowling for Hanging Heaton in an all JCT600 Bradford League final at Bennett Lane which is full of interesting match ups.
If the prospect of Busfield trying to put one over his old club isn’t enough to whet the appetite then there is also the battle for family bragging rights between the Suggitt brothers.
Joe will be keeping wicket for Hanging Heaton while Tom will be batting in New Farnley’s middle order.
It is also a match of intriguing contrasts. Hanging Heaton will be playing in their 23rd final while this will be New Farnley’s first.
However New Farnley will be encouraged by the fact that Hanging Heaton have only won six of their previous finals and were beaten by Wrenthorpe three years ago when they last had home advantage.
This will be Busfield’s first final too and he admitted: “It is going to be strange playing against New Farnley. I am sure I will get a bit of stick from the supporters.
“I was captain for three seasons and it is a super club. The players they have added have made them a stronger outfit and we are under no illusions about the challenge we face.
“Ian Fisher made 150 last week while Lee Goddard and Nick Walker are match winners too. We are well aware of the threat they pose and I am fairly certain that if they were playing in Division One of the Bradford League they would be competitive now.”
Busfield valued the support he received from Fisher at New Farnley and has been similarly impressed plating alongside Fellows who know all about winning the Heavy Woollen Cup having been part of the Wrenthorpe team which won five finals between 2007 and 2012.
Busfield said of the former Yorkshire duo: “I have been fortunate in recent years to play with two fine cricketers in Ian Fisher and Gary Fellows. Both have come out of county cricket and been immense for their clubs. They are so experienced and calm.
“Gary has made over 1,000 runs in all competitions this season and he is simply awesome. As well as his batting I have been amazed by how good he is in the field.
“This competition means a lot to Hanging Heaton and players like myself who come from the Heavy Woollen area. This is the cup we want to win.”
While Hanging Heaton will be at full strength, New Farnley will be without their off spinner Dave McCallum who is on holiday.
Their skipper Craig Russell said: “We know we will be most people’s underdogs as they are a Division One side, but we will have plenty of support.
“We have to play at our best to win but Ian Fisher, Lee Goddard and Nick Walker are all players capable of having a big day, while Mattie Good, Nadeem Hussain and Dave Cummins have been great for us too this season.
“We know it will be tough. They have lots of good players like Gary Fellows, Mark Lawson, David Stiff, Joe Fraser and James Stansfield while we know all about Dan Busfield and Joe Suggitt.
“We played against Gary Fellows a lot when he was at Wrenthorpe and we were still in the Central Yorkshire League and he used to haunt us. He is a big scalp at the top of the order.
He added: “To get to such a big final and play in the Bradford League is great. Our second team are also playing Hanging Heaton in the Priestley Shield final next Sunday making this a very special season for the club.
“It is a reward for all those people like our chairman John Baldwin and the committee who have worked so hard to get New Farnley where it is today. We will be doing all we can to win the cup for them.”
The final will cap a busy three days for Hanging Heaton's experienced scorer John Virr. He is scoring the England under-17 games against Bangladesh under-19s on Friday, and Pakistan under-19s on Saturday, before heading home to score Hanging Heaton;s clash with New Farnley.
With the final being an all JCT600 Bradford League encounter the cup will be presented to the winning team by the league's president Keith Moss.
Final details; Hanging Heaton v New Farnley, Sunday, August 4 at Bennet Lane, Hanging Heaton start noon,
Admission £3 adults and £1.50 concessions