YORK Cricket Club secretary Nick Kay says there is “a lot of excitement” about the side playing at Headingley in the rescheduled Yorkshire Premier League play-off semi-final against Hanging Heaton tomorrow.

The Clifton Park outfit should be able to field a full-strength side, with the two Yorkshire county players Matthew Waite and Jack Leaning available.

The game was originally to take place at Scarborough last Saturday, while Great Ayton were due to take on defending YPL champions Wakefield Thornes at Marske, but last weekend’s wash-out ensured that neither could be played.

Great Ayton and Wakefield's clash has been switched to Scarborough tomorrow, with the final taking place at Headingley on Sunday.

Both Kay and captain Dan Woods have taken a measured approach to the frustration of last week's postponement.

Kay said: “It’s out of our control – there’s nothing you can do about the weather.”

Woods echoed those sentiments and added: “It was the best option from the league management. The last thing you want is a bowl-out or a 20-over game. Hopefully we’ll get to play the full 50 overs.”

Kay also said that having to play both the semi-final and the final in one weekend “creates a grand finale.”

The game promises to be a tough one for the newly-crowned Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North title winners, however.

Woods said: “For Hanging Heaton to win the Bradford League is huge. It’s a big game by nature.”

Kay also commended the Bradford premier division champions, who won the title with a weekend to spare.

“We know the quality of the Bradford clubs,” he declared. “Hanging Heaton are a top side in a top league.”

On the opportunity to play at the Test ground, Kay said: “For a number of the lads, it will be their first chance to play at Headingley. It’s a good ground with a flat pitch and a fast outfield, so it should be an even contest.”

Woods said: “We’re very lucky to play at a test ground as amateurs. If we don’t go and enjoy it, there’s something wrong.”