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Sykes Cup and Paddock Shield Draws

The opening rounds of the Sykes Cup and Paddock Shield has been drawn; a first using software over the traditional balls-and-bag method. The Paddock Shield Preliminary Round has been elongated with the introduction of six new teams who were voted in as associate members of the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League.

As always, some intriguing matches are in place in the First round of the Sykes Cup. Two all Premiership ties capture the imagination; there is a tough trip for 2014 winners Hoylandswaine where 2015 winners Barkisland lie in wait. Newly promoted Thongsbridge meanwhile travel to Cawthorne, promoted the season before.

Current holders Delph & Dobcross will begin their defence at home but will have to wait until the preliminary tie between Hall Bower and Emley Clarence is decided. Scholes with the one Sykes Cup victory in 1996 host Championship Meltham and Shepley - who also have a solo Sykes Cup win will travel to Slaithwaite in a replay of last season's Quarter Final clash.

Other Premiership clubs hoping to avoid an upset are Kirkburton who will face a stiff test against Almondbury Wesleyans, promoted from the Conference in 2016. Golcar are the visitors to Mirfield Parish Cavaliers who swept all before them as Champions of the Conference and Honley entertain the winners of Birkby Rose Hill or Denby Dale.

Skelmanthorpe also have a wait as the winners between neighbours Cumberworth United and Upperthong will pay a visit to the 2010 holders. Armitage Bridge have home advantage versus Kirkheaton and Premiership newcomers will be at home to familiar rivals Rastrick who battled with them in last season's promotion race.

Full Draw:  

Sun 23 April
Sykes Cup Preliminary Round
Lepton Highlanders v Almondbury
Birkby Rose Hill v Denby Dale
Denby v Thurstonland
Cumberworth United v Upperthong
Marsden v Mirfield
Hall Bower v Emley Clarence

Sun 30 April
Sykes Cup First Round
Barkisland v Hoylandswaine
Lepton Highlanders or Almondbury v Holmfirth
Honley v Birkby Rose Hill or Denby Dale
Moorlands v Rastrick
Mirfield Parish Cav v Golcar
Lascelles Hall v Linthwaite
Clayton West v Denby or Thurstonland
Slaithwaite v Shepley
Cawthorne v Thongsbridge
Skelmanthorpe v Cumberworth U or Upperthong
Armitage Bridge v Kirkheaton
Scholes v Meltham
Broad Oak v Marsden or Mirfield
Shelley v Elland
Kirkburton v Almondbury Wesleyans
Delph & Dobcross v Hall Bower or Emley Clarence

Six new clubs start their new lives within the Drakes League structure and will begin their cup campaigns in the Paddock Shield Preliminary round. Edgerton & Dalton will host Marsden. Holmbridge entertain Denby, once familiar foes in the old Huddersfield Central League.

Almondburians are another club with a home draw as they face off against Lepton Highlanders. Nortonthorpe are away to Emley Clarence and Flockton go away to Almondbury.

Current holders Barkisland await the winners of Mirfield or Thongsbridge and the team they defeated in last season's Paddock Shield final; Scholes will face a tricky test away to Rastrick. 

Full Draw:

Sun 23 April
Paddock Shield Preliminary Round
Shelley v Lascelles Hall
Edgerton & Dalton v Marsden
Mirfield Parish Cav v Cartworth Moor
Kirkheaton v Almondbury Wesleyans
Mirfield v Thongsbridge
Meltham v Hall Bower
Holmbridge v Denby
Almondburians v Lepton Highlanders
Emley Clarence v Nortonthorpe
Thurstonland v Birkby Rose Hill
Upperthong v Linthwaite
Almondbury v Flockton

Sun 30 April
Paddock Shield First Round
Shepley v Delph & Dobcross
Denby Dale v Clayton West
Cumberworth U v Shelley or Lascelles Hall
Edgerton & Dalton or Marsden v Mirfield Parish Cav or Cartworth Moor
Rastrick v Scholes
Kirkheaton or Almondbury Wesleyans v Honley
Elland v Skelmanthorpe
Mirfield or Thongsbridge v Barkisland
Meltham or Hall Bower v Slaithwaite
Holmbridge or Denby v Kirkburton
Holmfirth v Almondburians or Lepton H
Hoylandswaine v Broad Oak
Emley Clarence or Nortonthorpe v Moorlands
Thurstonland or Birkby Rose Hill v Armitage Bridge
Upperthong or Linthwaite v Almondbury or Flockton
Golcar v Cawthorne

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