SUNDAY sees the quarter-final of the Jack Hampshire Trophy, with Ossett and Hopton Mills among the Championship clubs who joined the Conference teams after suffering preliminary round elimination in the Priestley Cup.
In these last eight ties mid-table Ossett, at home to Gildersome, are favourites to progress and Hopton Mills should prove too strong for their Conference opponents at Adwalton, but none of these clubs are in convincing form in their respective leagues.
Buttershaw St Paul’s have looked nailed-on to win promotion to the Championship from the Conference, and are the club who have looked most likely to achieve some cup success, but they go into their last eight encounter at Azaad on the back of their first league defeat at home to Heckmondwike.
On the face of it, with Buttershaw having played in the CYL Premier last season and Heckmondwike having planned to join the Second Division of the CYL before the merger, this was a game Buttershaw were expected to win.
A ninth victory on the trot and a warm-up for this weekend’s cup game looked on the cards, but newcomers Heckmondwike had other ideas.
Former Gomersal duo Tosh Baker, 4-74, and Ben Platt, 3-47, again performed well with the ball for Buttershaw as Usman Qureshi 46, Paul Cooper 39, and Matty Crowther 33, helped Heckmondwike to 190.
However, Baker then hit a top-scoring 56 not out but ran out of partners as Jonny Elstub 5-52, and Paul Cooper 4-88, bowled their side to a 17-run win.
In the other Jack Hampshire game on Sunday East Ardsley are at home to Keighley, while the big Conference game in the district this week is tomorrow’s derby clash with Crossbank Methodists entertaining Heckmondwike and Carlinghow.