Halifax Select finished strongly to tie their inaugural match 5-5 with neighbours Huddersfield.
The contest was played over 10 frames at Marsh Liberal Club with both sides fielding the strongest teams available.
First up for the Calder Valley side was Jeff Anderson who did not get into his frame and was soundly beaten. The visitors levelled with a solid performance from former professional Johnny Gallagher who made two decent breaks against an opponent who seemed overawed.
The next two frames were shared when Ian Waller for Halifax lost on the pink and Mikey Whaley prevailed in a very cagey frame. Huddersfield went 3-2 up when Jason Hellowell was soundly beaten - not helped by using a team-mate’s cue as he mislaid his own the night before.
Calder Valley went further behind with defeats for Ian Wilcock and Paul Lindsay to leave the home side 5-2 up.
Calder then played Omar Butt who showed his class and technique which always stands up well under pressure to pull one back for the visitors. Away side captain and joint organiser Rick Needham then made some really big shots under the utmost pressure to put the visitors within one frame. Then, with nerves jangling in a tense atmosphere, Saghir Sharif sealed an unlikely 5-5 draw with his usual brand of keeping the white on a string and clever shot selection..
A return leg has already been arranged for August 5 at a venue to be announced.
Scores (Halifax names first): Frame 1 - Jeff Anderson 12 Chris Thorpe 60, Frame 2 - Johnny Gallagher 73- Scott Lawton 22, Frame 3 - Ian Waller 38 Conrad Norcliffe 57, Frame 4 - Mikey Whaley 52 Danny Crines 28, Frame 5 - Jason Hellowell 15 Martin Wood 71, Frame 6 - Ian Wilcock 32 Trev Liversidge 76, Frame 7 - Paul Lindsay 20 Baxter 63, Frame 8 - Omar Butt 61 Jason McMahon 23, Frame 9 - Rick Needham 62 Hayden Corbett 48, Frame 10 - Saghir Sharif 56 Kyle Wood 27.