YORKSHIRE kick off their 2008 British Inter-County campaign against South Yorkshire on Sunday (2.00).
And stepping into the home team hot seat is former county star Allan Thompson (inset) who replaces Graham Hirst as manager.
Yorkshire are in the three-team Section IV and had a bye during May’s opening games but face tricky opposition against a South Yorkshire side who lost to Greater Manchester last month.
Yorkshire lost out to Cheshire in last year’s semi-finals and Thompson – who has 121 county caps, 15 behind all-time leader Robert Hitchen – will be determined to bring back the glory days of the Nineties.
Thornhill CBC is the home team’s choice of venue while the away outfit, whose 12-man team comprise half from Lower Hopton, travel to Swinton View Park, Mexborough.
At Thornhill CBC: Peter Jagger (Spen Victoria) v Chris Brown, Ronnie Wormald (Brighouse Spts) v Richard Howson, Wayne Moseley (Lockwood Con) v Chris Kelly, Scott Fisher (Morton House) v Matthew Bower, Josh Pitt (Ossett Flying Horse) v Roger Norris, Mick Robinson (Morton House) v Darren Stevenson, Nathan Webster (Alverthorpe WMC) v Andrew Whitaker, Chris Mordue (Brighouse Spts) v Craig Hill, Gary Ammatt (Ossett Flying Horse) v Jonathan Sneddon, David Fisher (Morton House) v Matthew Beever, Steve Pinfield (Lower Hopton WMC) v Nigel Coping, Graham Higgins (Ossett Flying Horse) v Richard Jackson. Res: Adrian Leach (Morton House) and Rob Lloyd (Glasshoughton Welfare).
At Swinton View Park SC, Mexborough: Paul Sigsworth (Netherton Con) v Mark Farmer, Craig Newton (Alverthorpe WMC) v Kevin Nixon, Steven Hirst (Netherton Con) v Mark Woodward, Nicky White (Thongsbridge BC) v Tony Barrass, Graeme Wilson (Lower Hopton WMC) v Peter Worfolk (Whiteley Woods), Robert Hitchen (Lower Hopton WMC) v Ernie Wearing, Lee Lawton (Lower Hopton WMC) v Jack Clarke, Ashley Daykin (Netherton Con) v Andrew Farmer, Ian Bottomley (Lower Hopton WMC) v Robert Swift, Gary Smith (Lower Hopton WMC) v Andrew Turner, Graham Hickey (Lower Hopton WMC) v Mark Booth, Nigel Cranston (Crossgates) v Gary Ainley. Res: Gareth Nicholson (Lower Hopton WMC), Rob Carroll (Pudsey Littlemoor).