Revamped Priestley Cup offers tasty ties

Heckmondwike's Khurram Shehzad hits out in last Saturday's Bradford League game against Great Preston.
Heckmondwike's Khurram Shehzad hits out in last Saturday's Bradford League game against Great Preston.

For over 110 years the Bradford Cricket League’s premier cup competition has thrown up some memorable ties but this season has seen a revamp.

Following the amalgamation of the Bradford and Central Yorkshire Leagues, the Priestley Cup has been vastly expanded and 39 clubs set out with hopes of lifting the famous trophy.

A preliminary round has already taken place, whittling down those still involved to 31 clubs and 15 first round matches will be played this Sunday, with a number of those making their first appearances.

One former Central Yorkshire League club have the chance to write a small chapter in the competition’s long and illustrious history as Liversedge face a trip to Premier Division side and cup holders Bradford and Bingley.

Woodlands have a chance to avenge last Sunday’s Heavy Woollen Cup defeat at the hands of New Farnley when the sides meet again at Albert Terrace.

East Bierley have a proud tradition in the Priestley Cup having won the competition eight times, including a record breaking hat-trick of successes between 1998-2000.

Bierley are yet to register a Premier League win this season and face a tricky trip to former Central Yorkshire cup kings Methley.

Hartshead Moor make the short trip along Halifax Road to face Premier outfit and last season’s beaten finalists Lightcliffe, while promoted duo Morley and Scholes clash at Scatcherd Lane.

Cleckheaton will hope to avoid a banana skin when they travel to Altofts, while Spen Victoria are another side visiting a club making their competition bow, Carlton.

The Jack Hampshire Cup — formerly played for by CYL sides — will now be competed for by teams in the lower reaches of the Bradford League and Heckmondwike & Carlinghow host Hopton Mills.

Cleckheaton and Woodlands will be aiming to bounce back from defeats last weekend when they face home games in the Bradford Premier League tomorrow.

Cleckheaton suffered a surprise set back against Bradford and Bingley and will look to hit straight back at home to in-form New Farnley.

Woodlands have suffered back-to-back league defeats and entertain Pudsey Congs.

East Bierley and promoted Scholes are both seeking their first wins and are also at home.

Bierley will look to get off the mark when they welcome Farsley to South View Road, while Scholes will be relishing the visit of champions Pudsey St Lawrence.