GOLCAR’S Craig Horner will get an early chance to confront his former club when Lascelles Hall visit Swallow Lane in the quarter-finals of the Romida Sykes Cup.
And the former Hall skipper will not be the only one facing his previous teammates, as new Elland signing Greg Buckley will also be returning to his roots when his side visit Micklehurst on Sunday, June 15.
That is probably the closest of the four ties, with the regenerated Micklehurst likely to provide stiff opposition for the star-studded Hullen Edge club, with Australian Dennis Lonergan, Melbourne Austin and Qaisar Rashid all in form for the Richmond Hill men.
Horner, meanwhile, will be hoping to put one over on his former club having served Lascelles Hall for several years as captain, opening bowler and early order batsmen and leading them to Cup success in 2004, along with his ex-Hall teammate Ben Robshaw, who is also now at Golcar.
Delph & Dobcross will fancy their chances of reaching another Cup semi-final at the expense of visiting Shepley, while newly promoted Barkisland will feel they have the pick of the draw, have been paired with Conference side Kirkheaton, although Paul Winrow’s men will have to travel.
In the Spectrum Interiors Paddock Shield, last night’s draw threw up a repeat of the 2005 final with Barkisland playing host to Meltham.
On that occasion Meltham won, as they did last year when they beat Scholes to regain the trophy.
Champions Honley will fancy their chances of making the semis against the winners of the Shepley v Clayton West tie, which is being played this Sunday.