Young cricketers start cup quest

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Calderdale primary and junior schools begin their bid for the 2014 Drax Cup this week.

Eighteen teams from the Brooksbank and Hipperholme & Lightcliffe School Sports Partnerships will compete at Copley Cricket Club on Friday, June 6 with play scheduled from 9.30am-3.00pm.

The winner will join others from the region in the West area final at Pudsey St Lawrence CC on Thursday, June 19.

The Drax Cup is the biggest under nines cricket competition in the UK and is open to schools from across Yorkshire and Teesside.

Teams play in a series of events to produce four area winners from the North, South, East and West. These four teams then play the 2014 Drax Cup Finals at Headingley Cricket Ground on Wednesday, July 2.

The competition is sponsored by Drax and organised by The Yorkshire County Cricket Club in conjunction with Yorkshire Cricket Board, Yorkshire Schools’ Cricket Association and The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.

The sponsorship by Drax is part of the company’s Cricket In The Community scheme which also provides cricket coaching to schools.