Premiership newcomers Armitage Bridge and Cawthorne battle it out for a place in the last eight of the All Rounder Sykes Cup tomorrow.
Their second-round clash at Dean Brook Road brings together last season’s two promoted sides from the Jedi Sports Championship.
Cawthorne went up as champions with the Bridge in second place, but it’s the Holme Valley side – led by Joe Lumb joint coach Andy Gledhill – who have made the better start in the top flight.
Fresh from a clinical six-wicket win over Skelmanthorpe, the Bridge picked up their other win courtesy of Shelley playing an ineligible player and, as they prepare to visit Honley, have 14 points in the bank.
Dylan Steyn has joined as the overseas at the Bridge to play alongside fellow Kiwi Jaycob Curtling, who was with the club last season and is EU qualified.
Steyn is a 19-year-old all-rounder from Auckland who plays for the same Birkenhead City club as Curtling. An opening left-hand bat, Steyn bowls right-arm medium and has played for Auckland A.
Ex-Linthwaite and Shelley man Imran Malik has signed, along with former Hall Bower and Elland player Wayne Swift, and they are delighted to have brought in Jack and Chris Hinchliffe from Meltham.
Jack Hinchliffe has already picked up 12 wickets and 112 runs and will have Cawthorne in his sights. Cawthorne have the considerable all-round talents of Liam Wiles to draw on, and he is just one run short of 200 to add to his nine wickets.
All Rounder Sykes Cup second round: Broad Oak v Skelmanthorpe, Clayton West v Slaithwaite, Scholes v Honley, Meltham v Thongsbridge, Moorlands v Delph, Barkisland v Shepley, Armitage Bridge v Cawthorne, Shelley v Hoylandswaine.
Fired Up Paddock Shield second round: Thongsbridge v Moorlands, Kirkburton v Meltham, Rastrick v Barkisland, Slaithwaite v Linthwaite, Hoylandswaine v Armitage Bridge, Honley v Broad Oak, Delph v Scholes, Cumberworth v Clayton West.