COULD the White Rose Trophy final be an all-Huddersfield affair?
That’s the possibility in the Under 21 inter-league competition, with Sunday being the crunch semi-finals day.
Norman Clee’s Drakes Huddersfield League side are in action at Marsden (1.30) where they host the North Yorkshire/South Durham League in what is sure to be a testing encounter.
At Lightcliffe, the Arrow Central League Under 21s – in their first ever semi – tackle the strong Bradford League and will be aiming to build on victories over Yorkshire/Derbyshire and the York Senior League.
Shaun Alderson leads the Drakes side on his home turf and is joined by a quartet of Elland players in Danny Rhodes, Rob Laycock, Craig Fletcher and Greg Finn.
Shepley duo Tom Denton and Adam Wiles will be looking to do well and the rest of the 13-man squad is Andy Smith (Kirkburton, Zahid Ahmed (Linthwaite), Faisal Siddiq (Paddock), Tom Graham (Scholes), Sam Scott (Shelley) and Jonny Butterfield (Clayton West).
It’s sure to be a big test for Alderson’s team as North Yorks/South Durham have some big clubs in their league to draw from, but there’s plenty of talent in the home ranks as well and they are hoping for big support at Hemplow, which is in magnificent condition at the moment.
At Lightcliffe, the Arrow side under skipper Matt Roebuck (Cawthorne) will be hoping he, clubmate Liam Wiles and Upperthong’s Liam Morris can maintain their excellent batting form in the competition and take them past the mighty Bradford line-up.
Also confirmed in the side are Jake Rogers (Green Moor), James Wood (Denby Grange) and the Almondbury Wesleyans duo Matt Henshaw and Tom Binns. Ajmal Zarif and David Boult from Mirfield are also expected to be free to play.
The Central League are without Thurstonland duo Tom Sykes and Kristian Thackray and Azaad’s Imran Mahboob, who are in Allsop Cup action for their clubs.
Huddersfield’s Joe Lumb Cup side are back in action a week on Sunday, July 20, against Doncaster at Warmsworth after their clash with Aire-Wharfe at Almondbury Wesleyans was washed out.