Woodhouse Grange eye Lord’s outing in National Village Cup

Woodhouse Grange captain Nick Hadfield is aiming to book a return to Lord’s in the Davidstow National Village Cup

Woodhouse Grange captain Nick Hadfield is aiming to book a return to Lord’s in the Davidstow National Village Cup

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WOODHOUSE Grange have one eye on a Lord's final as they count down to Sunday's Davidstow National Village Cup semi-final.

The Hunters York & District Senior League premier division leaders travel to Milford Hall hoping to clinch their sixth trip to Lord's in a competition they have won twice.

Captain Nick Hadfield admitted his thoughts had strayed towards Lord's, saying: "You can't deny it.

"It's a showpiece final, so you always have one eye on it, but there's no point in thinking about it if you don't perform on the day."

"We've been in five finals, and only won twice. We're looking to turn around our 2012 disappointment, but win or lose, it's an amazing weekend."

The skipper added: "It's a very exciting time for us. We obviously have a good history in the competition.

"We don't know a huge amount about our opposition, but we've got to be confident."

Milford Hall are making their first appearance at the semi-final stage, having previously reached the quarter-finals only once.

Woodhouse's history in the competition eclipses the majority of other clubs, but Milford will not be taken lightly.

Crowned Staffordshire Clubs' champions in 2012, they currently play in the third division of the Birmingham Premier League.

Sutton-on-Derwent-based Grange will field the 11 players that featured in the quarter-final victory over Sessay.

Hadfield, who starred with bat and ball against Sessay, believes the club are capable of fighting on several fronts as they bid to defend their league crown.

"Morale and progression are always important in the side, but we will always focus on the league campaign," he said.

Vice-captain Steve Burdett also emphasised that the club's priority is the Senior League. "Saturday's Senior league has been the main focus for us," he said.

"It's a very bold statement to make, but I just see this (the semi-final) as another cricket match."

Milford Hall's ground is known as one of the most picturesque in the country and Grange are hoping to be backed by a sizeable following.

The club are organising a coach for supporters and Hadfield said: "We'd appreciate all the support we can get.

"The quarter-final was very well attended, and the fans can always help spur us on to victory."

Anyone interested in travelling on the coach should phone commercial manager Martin Smith on 01904 608947.

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