ELLAND won a battle of heavyweights in a gripping first round match in the Huddersfield League’s Sykes Cup.
A trip to play champions Honley provided a tough first test for Paul Winrow’s new-look side but they won a nail-biting contest on a tricky wicket by five runs.
A 71-run stand between openers Winrow (24) and ex-Illingworth player Niall Lockley (44) gave the Hullen Edge men a solid base.
Number three Greg Finn maintained his bright start to the season with 46 not out but wickets tumbled around him, the host club’s new signing Max Morley taking five for 39 to limit Elland to 171 for nine.
Ibrar Younis struck two early blows as Honley hit trouble at 32 for three but the dependable Max Joice (72) got Honley in a position to win the game at 147 for five.
However, Younis bowled him, Jack Hendy took two quick wickets and two suicidal run outs - the last off the penultimate ball of the 50 overs - left the visitors narrow winners.
Barkisland went down by seven wickets at home to division-higher visitors Shepley.
Craig and Danny Glover were soon in amongst their batsmen and only three players made double figures - Danny Sykes (43), Gary Colman (36) and Matthew Steers (19) - as they were dismissed for 122 in 39.4 overs.
Jonny Whiteoak gave the hosts hope with a couple of early wickets but SP Singh’s unbeaten 50 saw his comfortably through.