Aire-Wharfe League: Anderson eyes cup shock to end Collingham reign on high

Collingham wicketkeeper Sam Anderson against Bilton last year  (1404264AM3)
Collingham wicketkeeper Sam Anderson against Bilton last year (1404264AM3)

Revenge would be the perfect send-off for Collingham captain Sam Anderson as he bids for one final Waddilove Cup swansong this weekend.

Collingham face a rematch of last year’s cup final against Otley on Sunday in a gripping last eight tie at Harewood Road.

Otley collected a comprehensive triumph on their home turf when the two sides met in the competition’s pinnacle 12 months ago, with Collingham’s inexperienced team collapsing for just 96.

However, Anderson believes his young Collingham outfit can upset the apple cart this time around.

He said: “We know it’s going to be tough against Otley but we know they will be wary of playing at Collingham.

They will have a big task as we know it’s a season defining game for us.

“We are not going to win the league and it’s almost certainly that we are not going to get relegated. “Obviously we want to win every league game, but the only chance of winning anything this season is in the cup.

“It’s a quarter finals, two wins away from another place in the final. It’s a real highlight of the season and something I have always taken seriously.

“We had a young team and it was probably one step too far against a very strong Otley team. If we could have that game again, there’s one or two things I would do differently.

“We have to make sure we play to our strengths. We know we can beat them as we beat them last year at their place in the league.”

It is home comforts which Anderson will draw on against the reigning Aire-Wharfe champions.

The captain has requested a spinning wicket to suit bowlers Steve James and Toby Jacklin, who took six wickets to bowl Collingham to a 76-run victory at home to Rawdon on Saturday.

Anderson added: “We are really strong at home and have got used to playing at home in familiar conditions.

“We have the ground set up in the way it suits our team.”

Saturday’s away tie at Steeton represents Anderson’s final league game in charge at Harewood Road club, with a move to London ahead owing to work commitments.

The skipper, who scored 65 in Saturday’s Rawdon victory, has been captain at Collingham for four years and guided the club to a league and cup double in 2012.

Anderson added: “It would be nice to end that on a high note. If we did get through to the semi final and final, of course, I would travel back. If, not, it’s going to be my last game for the club. It will be sad to finish but work comes first.”