York Cricket Club's Ben Coad out for the rest of the season

Ben Coad

Ben Coad

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FAST bowler Ben Coad will miss the rest of York Cricket Club's season after tearing a hamstring.

The Tykes youngster, on the fringes of the Yorkshire County first team, is one of a number of injury worries the Clifton Parkers have as they embark on a vital weekend of action.

Captain Dan Woods is sweating on the fitness of bowler Richard Pineo, who also has a hamstring complaint, while Alex Collins and Jonny Moxon are still still out of action and Jack Leaning has county duties.

York are at Driffield in Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier League action tomorrow before travelling to Cleckheaton for the semi-finals of the Black Sheep Champions Trophy.

The Shipton Road side are 19 points behind leaders Yorkshire Academy but have two games in hand over their rivals and know if they can win through to the end of the campaign, which means beating the young Headingley outfit in the process, they will get their hands on an eighth successive league crown.

Woods, whose minor counties commitments at Cheshire have eased and is available for both matches this weekend, said: "It is still in our own hands and that's the positive way we are looking at it.

"It is something that we believe we can do and back ourselves to achieve. It sounds a bit silly to say but we have just got to try to keep winning. The league table will sort itself out and what the Academy and Barnsley (five points ahead of York in second) do is out of our control.

"There is no point in worrying about those games."

Woods is also putting huge priority on the Cleckheaton clash - describing the game as "massive" and conceding it is a competition in which York have not achieved enough in the past.

He added: "It is going to be a huge game for us. We have probably underachieved a bit in the Black Sheep recently for one reason and another. If we have had a good run in the National Knockout it has been hard to prioritise the Black Sheep.

"We are all looking forward to it. It's a competition where we have not done as well as would have liked to given that we set extremely high standards and it is the champions of the Bradford League against the Yorkshire League. There is a huge rivalry between Bradford and Yorkshire."

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