Priestley Cup up next for our sides

Priestley Cup up next for our sides

Cup competitions tend to preoccupy the early stages of the cricket season, with games coming thick and fast. 

But while the district’s sides have fared badly in the Heavy Woollen Cup there is plenty of interest in Sunday’s Priestley Cup first round, which will involve 31 of the 35 clubs in the Premier Division and the Championship.

The four eliminated in the preliminary round will compete in the Jack Hampshire Cup with the Conference sides.

A trip to holders Bradford and Bingley is not one that new Liversedge skipper Steve Lane is likely to relish after seeing his side sustain a heavy defeat at home to Baildon in last week’s Championship A game at Roberttown Lane.

After losing quick wickets Lane (16) and Muhammed Fayyez (34) offered some brief resistance but the Baildon pace attack of Australian Blake Glen (5-41) and Abid Arwan (4-44), bowling unchanged, dismissed Liversedge for 91 and Baildon eased home by eight wickets with 21 overs to spare.

Having shaken off the disappointment of their Heavy Woollen Cup exit, at Delph and Dobcross, with a comfortable eight-wicket Premier Division win over Scholes, Nick Connelly top-scoring with 68 not out after Muhammed Rameez (4-48) had helped dismiss the visitors for 178, Hanging Heaton will be hoping to see off Pudsey Congs in their all Premier clash at Pudsey.

Batley have an interesting tie at home to fellow Championship A side Saltaire, with both sides in form, but a one-wicket win over Keighley, with a boundary off the penultimate ball, was perhaps a little too close for comfort in their last game.

It was a top-scoring unbeaten 49 from Asif Ayub that saw Batley home.

It is Birstall’s turn to face that impressive pace attack when they go to Baildon for their tie, and after losing all their games so far is difficult to see them making progress in this competition without a dramatic change of fortune.

Morley and Scholes, promoted to the Premier Division for this season, meet at Scatcherd Lane, while Hartshead Moor, from the Championship, go to Premier side Lightcliffe while Spen Victoria and Cleckheaton go to former CYL sides Carlton and Altofts respectively. Gomersal have a bye to round two.

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