HUDDERSFIELD’S Under 17s will not be retaining the Joe Lumb Cup this season, but they can land the next best thing – the Jack Lee Trophy – when they tackle the Nidderdale League at Broad Oak tomorrow (12.30).
That is the prize on offer to the winner of the two sides who finished runners-up in their respective Joe Lumb sections, and the occasion marks the third season in succession that Huddersfield, under the guiding hand of manager Richard Dodson, have been in a final.
Twelve months ago they emerged victorious with the Joe Lumb Cup after beating Barnsley in the final at Kexborough, having been runners-up in the final the year before.
Huddersfield only lost once in this year’s competition, but with three more rained off they were unable to catch up lost ground on the leaders York who finished top alongside the Heavy Woollen League in the opposite section.
Dodson’s team will be expecting a hard game against a Nidderdale side who, like their Section leaders, did not lose a match, but suffered from one more rained-off game.
Meltham’s Ben Raven-Hill again skippers Huddersfield with the manager having named a 15-man squad, several of whom have Yorkshire age-group experience.
Broad Oak and Thongsbridge (where Raven-Hill transfered from this season) both have three players included in the squad, plus two from Clayton West, while also in the line-up is Jack Oldham, skipper of Philip Oldfield Cup winning Thurstonland.
It may be a secondary trophy to the main event, but Huddersfield have once again shown that they continue to be a side which the 15 teams in the Joe Lumb would prefer not to have in their group.
Raven-Hill’s side will be looking to give Huddersfield it’s fourth win in the Jack Lee Trophy, having previously hoisted the award in 1986, 89 and 97.
The full squad for the 50-overs-a-side clash (to meet at the ground at 11.30am) is:
Ben Raven-Hill (capt, Meltham), Sam Scott (Shelley), Jonny Butterfield and Nick Sharp (both Clayton West), Charlie Roebuck, Ben Burnett and Jack Hargreaves (all Broad Oak), Jack Oldham (Thurstonland), Gurman Randhawa (Lascelles Hall), Nick Taylor (wkt, Marsden), Joe Sykes, Alex Kemp, Danny Whiley (all Thongsbridge), Richard Love (Scholes), Tom Barber (Skelmanthorpe).