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Heap’s pride ahead of history Worsley Cup Final

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When he led Lowerhouse out at Old Trafford last year, captain Ben Heap thought that would take some topping.

But on Sunday, he will flip a coin with Burnley’s Dan Pickup ahead of arguably a bigger occasion.

The West Enders’ date at Old Trafford in the LCB Knockout Final was cruelly cut short by the weather, the club sharing the trophy with Ormskirk after the re-arranged date at Blackpool was also abandoned.

However, it was a major achievement to play at the county headquarters, and Heap said ahead of Sunday’s Worsley Cup Final: “Probably only one game could top Old Trafford, and it’s come a year after. Sunday will be such a special day. It will go down in history, a day we’ll always remember, and hopefully I can look back on it all with the trophy.”

Burnley Football Club’s exploits aside, Sunday will be one of the town’s biggest sporting occasions in memory, and Heap added: “Last year, to see so many Lowerhousers having a good say out at Old Trafford was fantastic, and us being treated like cricketing royalty for the day.

“But I’m so proud to be captain going into Sunday, I can’t believe this is the first time the clubs have met in the final, and people have been stopping me all over town, asking how to get tickets.

“It’s going to be a fantastic occasion, but the nature of the beast is only one team can win, and it’s about who can hold their nerve.”

Lowerhouse, on paper, are favourites based on their league form, but Heap noted: “We have probably been more consistent, but they are a very good side, and have experience of winning this competition many times recently. It’s about who performs on the day.

“There are matchwinners in both teams, but we’re confident.

“We have 10 excellent amateurs, and a very experienced professional in Mark Cosgrove, who is capable of winning games on his own.”