Twenty years after winning a Sykes Cup together, two Drakes League cricketers will be on different sides in Sunday’s Fired Up Paddock Shield final.

The second XI knockout showpiece is at Chapelgate, with hosts Scholes aiming to wrestle the trophy away from holders Barkisland (1pm)

And lining up in opposition are Ian Bray and David Weston, who were part of the Scholes team which defeated Elland at Hullen Edge to lift the first-team major knockout in 1996.

Scholes in 2008. Back, from left: Matt Smith, Tom Weston, Harry Bryson, Mohammed Asim Khan, Andrew Hutchinson and James Noble. Front: Abby Kale, Richard Holmes, David Weston, Ian Bray and Andy Alsop

Former Huddersfield Town footballer Bray has remained at Scholes since those days, coaching the juniors and playing when needed – bringing batting experience and threat with the ball (he took three for 12 in the semi-final victory over Clayton West).

Elland product Weston – who captained Scholes to the Bryom Shield title in 2000 – joined Barkisland, where son Matthew is part of a highly-successful junior set-up, and was part of the Woodfield club’s Sykes Cup winning side in 2008 against Delph & Dobcross.

He’s played 10 matches in the Drakes Premiership Two and Paddock Shield this season, scoring 344 runs at an average of 43, and will be a big threat to Scholes’ chances of prevailing this weekend.

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Weston played in three losing Sykes Cup finals with Scholes too, in 1999, 2000 and 2002, so the 1996 win remains a sweet memory for him and for Bray.

The Scholes team in 96 included India Test all-rounder Chetan Sharma, who claimed three wickets as Elland were dismissed for 174 in reply to 206-6.

The other seven wickets, however, went to Simon Parkinson at a cost of 85 in 23 overs, and he won the man-of-the-match award, despite colleague Bob Milne anchoring the innings with 90 and skipper Paul Wharton – whose son James, the Yorkshire Under 15 captain and North of England player, is in the Scholes team this Sunday – scoring 55.