Tasty cup ties for Elland and Barkisland

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Calderdale’s teams playing in out of town leagues and there are some juicy ties among them, notably two involving Elland and Barkisland.

The Huddersfield League’s Sykes Cup first round takes place tomorrow and Elland, who have lifted the trophy more than anyone, travel to Honley while division-lower Barkisland host Shepley.

Those are tough games on paper but the locals will be in good heart after league wins against Marsden and Broad Oak respectively a fortnight since, before being frustrated by rain last weekend.

Elland are unchanged for their trip to play the current champions and 2009 finalists and they will be hoping star new West Indian capture Lorenzo Ingram, Greg Finn and Chris Goulden can produce more of the same after shining against Marsden.

Honley were knocked out in the first round last year and also lost their opening match this season. The sides had one win each in last year’s league meetings.

Either Elland or Honley will host the final, depending upon progress through the competition.

Barkisland, relegated from the Premier last season, will be big underdogs in spite of having ground advantage against Shepley.

At least they are at full strength. Alex Kaye, who had 80 not out in the first match, will be looking to continue his good start and another recruit from Halifax League side SBCI, Jonny Whiteoak, will join fellow under 17s bowler Isaac Pollitt in the attack.

The visitors are likely to include former Barkisland player Ben Wells and also Greg Wood, who played for Elland last year.

Bradford League pair Lightcliffe and Brighouse have a double weekend with Priestley Cup cup games on Sunday.

Lightcliffe’s newly-assembled and star-studded line-up should belatedly make their Division One return at Manningham Mills, who finished just above the drop zone last season, tomorrow.

Jonathan Wilson’s side then host fellow Division One outfit Undercliffe on Sunday.

Brighouse’s top priority will probably be tomorrow’s league game at Spen Victoria. There has been an exchange of players between the clubs in recent season so competition will be keen.

The Russell Way men face a tough cup hurdle at home to Yeadon, who finished seven places above them in Division Two last season.

Northowram Fields face a couple of fairly lengthy trips in the Central Yorkshire League, to Townville in the Premier Division tomorrow and Altofts in the Jack Hampshire Cup on Sunday. Both opponents had better 2011 seasons than them.

Illingworth have a couple of home games in the Aire/Wharfe League. They play Menston, who were relegated from the middle section last season, in Division Three tomorrow and then tackle Woodhouse, who like them just missed out on promotion last September, in the preliminary round of the Waddilove Cup 24 hours later.