The players at Heckmondwike and Carlinghow are confident they can go one step further this year and win the Premier Section of the Huddersfield Central Cricket League.
There was a tense finish to the 2014 season, with Heckmondwike just three points clear of second place Green Moor going into the final round of Premier Division games.
Moor managed to overtake their rivals and claim the league title with a comfortable victory against Upper Hopton, after Heckmondwike suffered a disappointing loss at home to Silkstone.
The West Yorkshire side finished the season runners-up on 212 points, just 11 points behind the title winners, and they expect to be challenging for the title again in the 2015 season.
Paul Cooper, last years first-team captain, said: “It was disappointing to be overtaken on the last day after being top of the table throughout the majority of the season.
“But I believe we can go one better next season and win the league, as the majority of last season we played some very good cricket but just let ourselves down in a couple of matches.”
Cooper has recently decided to stand down as first team captain after nine years leading the team, with last season’s vice-captain Chris Allen set to take over if elected next week.
Cooper added: “It has been a thoroughly enjoyable nine years, with plenty of ups and downs.
“I’m disappointed not to have won any of the main trophies but it hasn’t been through the lack of effort in the team.
“I’m looking forward to being told where to bat and especially when I’m bowling during games,” he added.
Allen is hoping the club can win a major trophy this season, and believes both the first and second team has the quality to win both their leagues.
He added: “Last seasons league position did not quite reflect how well the team played and the quality of the individuals in the team, but to finish second place is a great achievement for any team.
“Overall the club should be happy with what was achieved”.
Jonathan Elstub, who finished the 2014 season 6th in the entire league’s bowling statistics claiming 30 wickets, said: “I believe with the talent we have and with a positive mindset, we can win the league, if not the league and the cup.”
Preparation for the upcoming season began this week, with the first of eight indoor net sessions at Heckmondwike Grammar School.
After setting up a junior section last year, this year the club will have an under nines and under 11s team in the Heavy Woolen Junior Cricket League, with the aim to produce potential first and second team players for the future.