Holders given walkover in Cup
rugby union: Huddersfield have been gifted a walkover in the first round of the Yorkshire Cup after Old Brodleians pulled out of tonight’s scheduled contest claiming they were unable to raise a first team.The Calderdale club, whom Huddersfield defeated 18-7 last year on their way to winning the Yorkshire Cup, had informed the Lockwood Park club’s head coach Dan Hyde they were intending to put out largely a second team due to injuries.But that plan has now gone by the wayside for the struggling North I East club.Huddersfield now have a bye and a potential second round clash with Bradford and Bingley, on a date to be arranged. Huddersfield’s next scheduled National II North League game is on Saturday at Nuneaton.
Vets in action
Bowling: Today’s fixtures in the Lockwood Windows Veterans Ten-man Team League.
Section I: Netherton Con v Almondbury BC, Thongsbridge v Waterloo, Golcar Lib v Clayton West, Meltham v Lockwood Con, Kirkheaton Con v Elland CBC, Almondbury Lib v Crosland Moor, Brockholes v Milnsbridge.
Section II: Rastrick v Paddock IC, Skelmanthorpe W A v Ravensknowle P A, Broad Oak v Canalside, Marsh U v Springwood, Lindley Lib v Thorpe Green, Newsome WM v Golcar Lib B.
Section III: Shepley v Meltham B, Milnsbridge B v Kirkheaton CBC, Marsden Park v Linthwaite Hall, Lindley BC v Lindley Lib B, Cowcliffe v Netherton Con B.
Section IV: Waterloo B v Thongsbridge B, Canalside B v Primrose Hill Lib, New Mill B v Brockholes B, Almondbury BC B v Hudds RUFC, Kirkheaton CBC B v Skelmanthorpe W B.
Section V: Ravensknowle P B v Slaithwaite, Meltham C v Outlane, Holmfirth v Broad Oak B, DB Spts v Lindley BC B, Greenhead Park v Marsh U B.
RACING: Richard Hughes has confirmed he will appeal the decision of the British Horseracing Authority to uphold the 50-day ban he was served while riding in India. Hughes was suspended in February having been found guilty of “not following the trainer’s specific instructions and thereby not allowing his mount Jacqueline Smile to run on its merits”.He turned to the BHA after failing to have the ban overturned in India, but was unsuccessful.
SUPERBIKES: Jon Kirkham had a winning debut with the Samsung Honda team in the opening round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, but the Derby rider was denied the opportunity of challenging for a double victory by deteriorating track conditions. Kirkham snatched the advantage back from Alastair Seeley on the final corner of the last lap and then won the dash to the line by 0.136 seconds at the end of a race of attrition.