Collingham ready for historic Waddilove final

Colllingham take a step into the unknown on Sunday when they battle Ben Rhydding in the 2012 Waddilove Cup final.

The prestigious showcase, which will be played at Ilkley Cricket Club, promises to be a cracker with a big crowd expected.

Sam Anderson’s side had to do it the hard way to get there, beating Burley in the semi-final in a thrilling run chase. Their opponents were hunting their third consecutive Waddilove crown after victories over Bilton in 2010 and Follifoot in 2011.

This year’s event has thrown up an interesting match up.

Rhydding moved up from Aire Wharfe Division Two last season, and are currently struggling near the bottom of the top flight table, scrapping to save their place for next year.

However, with the club based just on the edge of Ilkley, they will have a large support behind them, something Anderson thinks will be key.

“It will be like a home game for them,” he said.

“That will be an advantage. It’s interesting because when we play them it will be the first time the two teams have played each other. We were meant to play them earlier in the season, but that was rained off.”

Collingham are still in the hunt for the double despite Saturday’s set back at home to rivals Beckwithshaw.

John Swain (47) and Matt Fielding (39) batted ‘Ham up to 174. ‘Shaw had a slight wobble in reply, but managed to pull through for a six-wicket win.

‘Ham are now second, four points behind ‘Shaw after the defeat.

On Saturday, they travel to Guiseley.

In Division Two, Bardsey are at home to Upper Wharfedale on Saturday.

Last weekend they just came up short in an exciting run chase at Rawdon. The home side posted 238-8, Harry Wainman the pick of the bowlers with 3-43.

In reply, captain Andy Bowes top scored with 31. Other players made starts but they had to settle for two points on 193-8. They stay eighth in the table.