Hetton Lyons next on national trail for York Cricket Club

Woodhouse Grange batsman Andrew Bilton looks back and is caught behind bowled by YorksII Johnny Moxon.Nigel Holland. (7307486)

Woodhouse Grange batsman Andrew Bilton looks back and is caught behind bowled by YorksII Johnny Moxon.Nigel Holland. (7307486)

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HETTON LYONS stand in the way of York Cricket Club and a place in the national rounds of the Royal London Club Championship.

The Clifton Parkers welcome the North East Premier League outfit to Shipton Road for the regional final on Sunday missing skipper Dan Woods and overseas star Travis Ilka as they bid to step their assault on a competition they won two years ago.

Having already beaten Hetton's division rivals Chester-le-Street in the tournament this season, Woods men are in confident mood on their home wicket - an advantage the captain feels could be crucial.

"We were lucky last time we won the competition when we had a run of home games," he said. "They are going to be a good side and it is a competition we regard very highly. We pride ourselves on our performance in the knockout and we will be doing everything we can to ensure we continue in the competition."

Woods is out because of commitments with Minor Counties side Cheshire meaning Tom Pringle will captain in his absence. Charlie Elliot also comes into the line up along with Richard Love.

Before that, Woods is wary of a Sheffield Collegiate side on Saturday whose batting line-up means he is puzzling over why they have only one Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier League win this season.

Sitting at the top of the pile with a three point lead over Harrogate, Woods will be hoping one of his men can replicate Simon Lambert's stunning double century in the victory over Cleethorpes last weekend.

"Looking through their team, they have got Billy Root batting at three and he scored a double hundred for Nottinghamshire's second XI a couple of weeks ago," he added ahead of the league encounter.

"Simon Guy also bats at four and he is a former first class cricketer. They are a dangerous side with a lot of young players to go with that. Last week, against Cleethorpes, was one of those days where everything seemed to go our way.

"Simon Lambert was just outstanding. To get a double hundred in 55 overs is ridiculous - an unbelievable achievement. It's almost like scoring five goals in a football match.

"He deserves all the credit he is getting. No one works harder than him. He has waited patiently for his chance and he has taken it."

Jonny Moxon comes into the side against Collegiate ahead of Richard Love.

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