FIVE of Huddersfield’s clubs made it through to the last 16 of the Heavy Woollen Cup – but sadly two of them are drawn to play each other in the second round.
Rejuvenated Scholes will face in-form Shepley at Marsh Lane a week tomorrow (Sunday, May 10) with a quarter-final place in the new-look competition at stake.
The Heavy Woollen committee chose to restrict this year’s tournament to 32 sides, re-instating the old boundary limitation (clubs must be within an 18 miles radius of Batley Town Hall), which has made the competition more compact.
The tie at Shepley will pit what is probably the two youngest captains in the League – Danny Glover (Shepley) and James Noble (Scholes) – against each other.
Shelley and Skelmanthorpe are both away from home to Central Yorkshire League sides, the former visiting Liversedge while Skelmanthorpe are at Wrenthorpe.
Shelley will probably need every bit of help from Bradley Parker and Chris Schofield to overcome Liversedge, while the Lidgett Laners will be hoping for another massive input from their talismanic wicketkeeper Max Joice, who destroyed Townville in the previous round with a magnificent unbeaten 145, as they tackle holders Wrenthorpe, who will be bidding for a third successive Heavy Woollen Cup triumph.
The Drakes League’s final representative, Barkisland, have been drawn at home to another Central Yorkshire outfit, Birstall, and home skipper Paul Winrow will be too aware of the danger posted by former Indian Test player, and ex-Broad Oak man, Vikram Rathour.
The former Drakes League player hit a big unbeaten century in last week’s Central Yorkshire League programme as Birstall topped 300.
In the Crowther Cup (for Second Elevens), the Drakes League have four clubs through, with Scholes entertaining holders Barnsley at Chapelgate.
And they will be hoping the Wimpenny brothers, Mark and Richard, can repeat their feat from the previous round when they both hit centuries. Slaithwaite also have home advantage and will take on Wakefield Thornes, while the other remaining teams, Shepley and Golcar, travel to New Farnley and Hanging Heaton respectively.