Cricket: Huddersfield visitors for Jer in cup

JER Lane, who are regularly the Towergate Halifax League's sole representatives in the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup, have been drawn at home to Huddersfield League side Shelley in this year's competition.

It promises to be a tough tie for Lane, who finished third in the Premier Division under Jason Gelder last season.

Shelley will be returning to Huddersfield's top flight this summer after their home-grown side won the Frank Platt Championship last summer.

Gelder, who is captain again, said: "We're quite happy with the draw."

Matches take place six days before the Halifax League starts and Gelder said: "We just treat it as a competitive warm-up for the season, although it would be nice to win."

Gelder said a tie at home to East Bierley a couple of years ago had been quite lucrative for the club and there has been plenty of local interest last year with a trip to neighbours and rivals Buttershaw, in which the Central Yorkshire League side came out on top.

Barkisland, Calderdale's only other entrants, also have a home tie in the first round on Sunday, April 17.

Simon Wheelwright's Premier Division side are at home to fellow Huddersfield League side Clayton West, who finished third behind Shelley last season.

DRAW: Townville v Wakefield St Michael's, Liversedge v Gomersal, Jer Lane v Shelley, Scholes (HL) v Wakefield Thornes, Ossett v Birstall, Barkisland v Clayton West, Spen Victoria v Barnsley, New Farnley v Buttershaw St Paul's, Golcar v Streethouse, Delph & Dobcross v Wrenthorpe, Hanging Heaton v Kirkheaton , Yeadon v Baildon, Morley v Skelmanthorpe, Slaithwaite v Mirfield Parish Church, Woodlands v Methley, Kirkburton v Shepley . Second named teams at home in second teams' competition, the Crowther Cup, on the same date.