Thurstonland are carrying the flag for the Drakes League’s newcomers in the arrowselfdrive Sykes Cup.

The Holme Valley club were the only one of four new clubs to survive the preliminary round of the Cup, beating Paddock with the help of a century and five wickets from Mark Askham.

While Cartworth Moor, Birkby Rose Hill and Upperthong all bowed out, Thurstonland now go forward to meet holders Hoylandswaine in the first round on Sunday, May 4.

Cartworth were knocked out by Rastrick, Birkby Rose Hill fell to Cumberworth and Upperthong were beaten by Kirkheaton.

There was another century in the preliminary round, and it helped Denby Dale of the Cedar Court Conference spring a surprise by beating Jedi Sports Championship side Armitage Bridge.

Adam Rammell scored exactly 100 not out to help the Dale score a seven-wicket win after they’d been set 162 by the Bridge, Fred Stower taking four for 44 and Sam Tyas three for 14.


Cartworth Moor 58 (O Pearson 3-10, J Ghani 3-22) Rastrick 59-6 (M Siddique 3-17, S Bissett 3-18).

Birkby Rose Hill 48 (A Smith 3-18) Cumberworth United 49-2 (J Bower 32).

Almondbury 166 (M Mobeen 79; G Potter 5-10, A Pickford 3-16) Denby 167-1 (S Ahmed 76no, H Jones 53no).

Armitage Bridge 162 (C Jump 49, G Crossley 45; F Stower 4-44, S Tyas 3-14) Denby Dale 164-3 (A Rammell 100no).

Thurstonland 246-9 (M Askham 104, T Sykes 34; U Siddiq 3-37) Paddock 101 (D Mellor 44; M Askham 5-13).

Upperthong 176 (T Parr 43) Kirkheaton 178-9 (R Hall 61no, P Girardi 25; G Oakley 4-44).

Draw for the Sykes Cup first round (May 4) now reads:

Lepton Highlanders v Marsden, Slaithwaite v Shepley, Cumberworth United v Emley Clarence, Shelley v Lascelles Hall, Denby Dale v Cawthorne, Delph & Dobcross v Broad Oak, Hoylandswaine v Thurstonland, Almondbury Wes v Skelmanthorpe, Denby v Moorlands, Honley v Holmfirth, Golcar v Clayton West, Kirkburton v Elland, Scholes v Linthwaite, Barkisland v Meltham, Thongsbridge v Rastrick, Kirkheaton v Hall Bower.

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