Early Drakes Premiership pace-setters Broad Oak have further strengthened their squad with the return of ‘one of their own’ – Charlie Roebuck.

The 24-year-old right-hand all-rounder was at Treeton last year in the South Yorkshire Senior League but is now back at the club where he came through the ranks.

He left the Oak to play with Yorkshire Academy and made his first-class debut for the county against India A at Headingley in June 2010, in a team including Joe Root, Gary Balance and Alex Lees.

Roebuck’s return is a massive boost to the Colne Valley club, who are co-leaders of the Drakes Premiership alongside Delph and Shepley with a 100% record from wins against Armitage Bridge, Cawthorne and Skelmanthorpe.

The Oak already have Northern Districts’ Kiwi Henry Cooper in tremendous form and the inclusion of Roebuck for tomorrow’s home clash with Honley will offer further batting strength and an additional bowling option.

League all-time leading run-scorer Lee Baxter has been among the runs, along with Harvey Booth, Jack Hargreaves, Dominic Finn and Harry Franklin, and the Oak have power further down the order in the likes of Tom McCreadie, Matthew Butters and Adam France.

Roebuck scored his first half-century for Broad Oak at the age of 13 and played for Lightcliffe and Kirkburton while progressing to the England Under 19 side.

He also played for the Leeds-Bradford University side and Durham at county level, and he played a lot of cricket for Yorkshire Seconds.

Roebuck left Kirkburton after the 2011 season, when he also helped the Drakes Huddersfield League retain the White Rose Trophy (an Under 21 inter-league competition which no longer exists) by beating the North Yorkshire and South Durham League in the final at Honley.

Roebuck was a regular at the top of both the batting and bowling orders at the time and, now he is over a succession of injuries, he will give a huge lift to the Oak now he’s left Washfield Lane.

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Meanwhile, in the Jedi Sports Championship, something has to give at the top of the table as joint leaders Meltham and Slaithwaite meet at Hill Top.

Both clubs have won their opening two matches and are four points clear of both Clayton West and Moorlands.

Similarly in the Cedar Court Conference, Hall Bower host fellow co-leaders Lepton, while Mirfield Parish Cavaliers (who are level with both of them on 12 points) travel to bottom club Thurstonland.

All Rounder Sykes Cup draw (May 15): Broad Oak v Skelmanthorpe, Clayton West v Slaithwaite, Scholes v Honley, Meltham v Thongsbridge, Moorlands v Delph or Marsden, Barkisland v Shepley, Armitage Bridge v Cawthorne, Shelley v Hoylandswaine.

Fired Up Paddock Shield: Marsden or Thongsbridge v Moorlands, Kirkburton v Meltham, Rastrick v Barkisland, Slaithwaite or Denby Dale v Linthwaite, Hoylandswaine v Armitage Bridge, Honley v Broad Oak, Delph v Scholes, Cumberworth v Clayton West.