Kay hopes York have last laugh

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York will end 37 years of hurt if they beat Wanstead and Snaresbrook in the Kingfisher Beer Cup Final at Derby on Sunday.

The club enjoyed their proudest moment in 1975 when they lifted the national club title, which was then called the DH Robins Cup, following victory over Blackpool.

That victorious side still rib the current crop for failing to add another national title but Nick Kay and his team-mates will have the last laugh if they can emulate the class of '75 this weekend.

"We are looking forward to it enormously," Kay told ecb.co.uk.

"It's hard to put into words what it means to the club but it's 37 years since we were last in the final.

"The team of 1975 really want us to do well. They are York supporters through and through, even if they pull our legs for not matching their achievements."

York enjoyed a comfortable semi-final win over a Bamfield Fieldhouse side that included former England players Warren Hegg and Chris Schofield.


York celebrated league success this season but Nick Kay hopes the club can acheive a win double by claiming the Kingfisher Beer Cup

Having posted 196 for eight from their 45 overs, York bowled their Saddleworth and District League opponents out for 120 in the 34th over with Daniel Woods returning fine figures of 6-14.

"We don't have anyone with any first-class experience so on paper we were underdogs," said Kay, who took 2-20 in eight overs.

"We did have home advantage, won an important toss and ended up defending a competitive total. Our fielding was exceptional and we ended up winning quite comfortably.

"It was like a cup final for us and we celebrated like it was too. The crowd for that match was the biggest I have seen at York. It was electric in the club afterwards.

"Reaching the final has really captured the club's imagination, from the juniors to the team who won it in 1975. Everyone is really excited. The local press have taken an interest too."

What headlines get written after Sunday's final remain to be seen but Kay is confident York have what it takes to go all the way in a competition they value highly.

"We believe this is the premier competition for club cricketers so to be in a chance of winning it in incredible," he said.

"We don't know much about the opposition. All we've been able to do is look at their scorecards but that's the beauty of this competition. You play against teams you wouldn't normally come across.

"To get this far they must be a good side. It should be a great game."

York, who will be cheered on by 'a few hundred' supporters according to Kay, have named a squad of 12 for the match and will make a late decision on the final XI.

"We will head to Derby on Saturday and have a fielding session on the ground in the afternoon," said Kay.

"We have a squad of 12 so have the option of playing an extra bowler or batsman depending on conditions."