HUDDERSFIELD’S Joe Lumb Cup supremo Richard Dodson has the luxury of retaining eight of the side who won their way through to last year’s final.
And they open their 2010 campaign – which will be played under a new format – against champions Bradford.
Instead of the two equal divisions played on a round robin basis which has been in operation since the competition started in 1962, this year there are three divisions based on merit, with promotion and relegation.
As beaten finalists last season, Huddersfield have naturally been put into Division I alongside Bradford, the Aire-Wharfe League, Heavy Woollen, Nidderdale and York.
Division II features, Doncaster, East Yorkshire, Craven, North Yorks/South Durham, Scarborough, Sheffield, while Division III includes Barnsley, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract and Wetherby.
At the end of the divisional fixtures, there will be two semi-finals featuring the winners of Division I against the winners of Division III, while the runners-up in Division I will face the winners in Division II. The winning semi-finalists will play for the Joe Lumb Cup, while the losing semi-finalists will contest the Jack Lee Trophy.
The bottom two teams in Divisions I and II will be relegated with the top two in Divisions II and III getting promoted.
Huddersfield’s skipper is to be Skelmanthorpe all-rounder Tom Barber, while his vice-captain will be former Broad Oak batsman Ed Wilson.
Remaining from last season are George Smith (Kirkburton), Louis Sykes and keeper Tom Boorman (both Scholes), Naz Rahman (Denby Dale), Dom Storey and Jamie Jagger (Skelmanthorpe.
Skelmanthorpe and Scholes will both host home matches, while Huddersfield’s first home game will be at Broad Oak
April 25: v Bradford at Undercliffe.
May 30: v York at Stamford Bridge.
June 6: v Heavy Woollen at Broad Oak.
June 20: v Aire-Wharfedale at Scholes.
July 18: v Nidderdale at Skelmanthorpe.
Aug 8: First semi-final.
Aug 15: Second semi-final.
Aug 29: Joe Lumb Cup final.
Sept 5: Jack Lee final.