NETHERFIELD skipper Marc Brown hopes his Parkside Road outfit can go one better than last year and reach the Readers Cup Final after a quarter-final victory over Leyland on Sunday.
Last August Netherfield were controversially denied a place in the final after being penalised six runs for a slow over rate, allowing Blackpool to sneak over the line in dramatic fashion.
But Brown is confident has side has what it takes to reach the final as he prepares his team to face St Annes.
“We are definitely hoping to go one better and get ourselves through to the final,” said Brown.
“We performed well in the big games last year so let’s hope we can turn it on.
“We had the advantage because we were batting second but I was really pleased to get the win.”
After a rain delay, Leyland posted 244-5 from their 40 overs.
With a re-calculation based on run rate, Netherfield were set a revised 110 from 18 overs and big-hitting John Huck’s 66 from 38 balls ensured the hosts were victorious in the 14th over.
“I’m delighted John Huck racked up some decent runs - hopefully it will take him into good form for the rest of the season,” he added.
And while Brown is wary of the prowess of a dangerous St Annes team, who sit one place above Netherfield in the Northern Premier League, he remains confident his side can progress.
“They are a similar side to us in that they are a young team who are led well but if we look after ourselves and produce the performance we know we are capable of we should win,” he said.
Netherfield travel to Morecambe on Saturday in the league.