Priestley Cup: Ties whet appetite for old adversaries

Priestley Cup adversaries Cleckheaton and Pudsey St Lawrence.
Priestley Cup adversaries Cleckheaton and Pudsey St Lawrence.
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TWO mouth-watering ties have provided the highlight following the draw for the second round of the Priestley Cup.

Holders Pudsey St Lawrence, whose captain James Smith is seeking to lift the famous old trophy for the third time following last season and 2011, will visit Hanging Heaton in a cracker of a tie at Bennett Lane.

The Tewits were beaten finalists in 2013, when they lost out to Lightcliffe, and they have not won the trophy in almost 30 years since way back in 1986.

The other stand-out tie will be at Albert Terrace where Woodlands, victors in 2006, play host to New Farnley.

Cleckheaton, who have never won the Priestley Cup and who were disappointing in last August’s final against Saints, when their hopes of a famous league and cup double evaporated, play host to Undercliffe at Moorend.

The pair met at Moorend in the semi-final last season and it proved to be a one-sided affair as Cleck triumphed by eight wickets, thanks to some inspired bowling from Andrew Deegan, who took 5-20.

Other ties see Hartshead Moor entertain Yeadon, while Morley make the trip to Bankfoot. Pudsey Congs, six-time winners, entertain Bowling Old Lane. Elsewhere, other Priestley Cup ties see Lightcliffe welcome Saltaire and Keighley play host to Bankfoot.

Ties to be played on Sunday, May 17.

A full programme is scheduled across Yorkshire leagues tomorrow, with the pick of the day in the Central Yorkshire League – arch-rivals Townville and Methley do battle in the Premier League.

Methley have made a perfect start to the league season, while others have suffered with the weather, including Townville. They are 10 matches unbeaten, but have seen their last two games abandoned.

Townville were pipped by a single point for the title by Methley in a dramatic finish to the league season in 2014, having lifted the big prize in the previous campaign.