Excitement builds after cricket draw

THE DRAWS for the district’s senior cricket competitions were made recently, and an interesting new adventure awaits last season’s Central Yorkshire League Premier Division clubs as they prepare to face completely new opponents.

The merger with the Bradford League sees the likes of Liversedge, Ossett, Hopton Mills and Batley taking part in the 111-year-old Priestley Cup competition for the first time.

As it happens Hopton Mills actually play Batley in the first round, on May 1, and Ossett are at Wrenthorpe, as old CYL rivalries are renewed.

But in the second round, on May 15, Birstall will go to Baildon, Altofts are at home to Cleckheaton, Carlton entertain Spen Victoria and East Bierley go to Methley.

However, there will be huge interest in this draw at Liversedge as the newcomers go to cup holders Bradford and Bingley hoping to produce the biggest upset the competition has seen in years.

Amongst the other ties there is an all-Premier Division clash between Pudsey Congs and Hanging Heaton while Gomersal are at Windhill in an all-Championship tie.

Hartshead Moor are at Lightcliffe, Scholes are at Morley, Hopton Mills or Batley will be at home to Saltaire, and the winners of the Wrenthorpe v Ossett game will be at Hunslet Nelson or Brighouse.

These changes mean that the Jack Hampshire Trophy, now only for Conference sides, could have a new name on it next season.

Among the first round ties ,former CYL clubs knocked out in the first round of the Priestley Cup will get a chance to play in the Jack Hampshire.

This means Batley or Hopton Mills will go to Heckmondwike and Carlinghow, while Wrenthorpe or Ossett will entertain Wakefield St Michael’s. Crossbank at Gildersome is the other tie involving one of the district’s clubs.

These first round games will be played on Sunday, May 22.

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