RAIN ruled out any play in the Huddersfield area, but there was still plenty to talk about.
Jim Sharkey was confident he could become the latest Thongsbridge player to top 1,000 runs in a season.
Lockwood were adamant they could avoid having to apply for re-election for the fourth successive season.
And Elland were up in arms after Huddersfield League chiefs put the brakes on Nottinghamshire’s Roy Dexter, right, playing for them in the Sykes Cup.
The John Smith’s Trophy clash with the Yorkshire League was at the root of the problem.
Clubs had earlier agreed that any player selected for the League XI be released, and Elland’s professional, with four half-centuries in five innings for the Section A leaders, was an immediate pick.
But he declined the invitation, believing he might be required by his county.
Elland subsequently rearranged their cup clash at Bradley Mills for the day of the inter-league game, and suggested that should Dexter not be needed by Notts, he could play for them.
"Roy earns his living from playing cricket," they said in a statement. "Notts pay him and we also pay him, under a separate contract which binds him to being available for us when not needed by Notts.
"At the time he was selected by the League, we gave our approval for him to play, but Roy felt he did not want to make himself available because of a possible county call.
"The League have obviously picked a replacement for their team, and as a professional, Roy should be able to play for either Notts or ourselves."
League general secretary Hedley Dawson confirmed that an emergency management committee meeting had been called.
Thongsbridge’s start to the season might not have been as convincing as Elland’s – they were fifth in a Section B table topped by Huddersfield – but Sharkey was in fine fettle.
The 33-year-old Lancastrian left hander had thumped 241 runs, and was confident he could follow in the footsteps of Allan Greaves (1974) and John Shaw (1971 and 73), who had both reached four figures for a campaign while playing for the Holme Valley club.
Sharkey, who had previously played Huddersfield League cricket for Holmfirth and Paddock, said: "I’m not being complacent, but I feel in fine form and the Thongsbridge wicket is beautiful to bat on."
Topping 1,000 was pretty rare, because since the introduction of limited overs in 1956, only one other player, Jeff Senior, had done it.
That was in 1972 and 73 with Lockwood, who had since fallen on hard times.
However secretary Graham Tindall believed the recruitment of Huddersfield’s Joe Lumb team captain Michael Holden from Meltham would spark a climb up the Section B standings.
"We have other bright youngsters in Richard Hallas and Stephen Tinsley, and we are bowling teams out," he said.
"If we can start getting runs, we’ll be okay."