The draw for the All-Rounder Sykes Cup and Fired-Up Corporation Paddock Shield second round have thrown up the usual mix of intrigue along with some testing opportunities for lower league sides.
Cup holders Scholes, who booked their place in the second round after a heavy defeat of Lascelles Hall will travel to another Jedi Championship team Clayton West, skippered this season by Craig Glover and who beat Hall Bower to reach the second round. Whereas two other Championship sides will more than have their work cut out by facing trips to much fancied Premiership teams. Rastrick, who last defeated a Premiership club in 2015 when they knocked out Skelmanthorpe, will travel down the M62 to Delph & Dobcross who have started the season strongly. Skelmanthorpe meanwhile, who now ply their trade in the Championship have an intimidating task against a familiar foe with an away draw at Hoylandswaine. The two have already met in the Heavy Woollen Cup with Hoylandswaine running out ten wicket winners in April so Skelmanthorpe will hope to go one better this time round.
Elland, the illustrious team with most Sykes Cup victories to their name (14) have been blessed with a home draw but they’ll have to work hard to knock out one of the league's strongest teams in Shepley. It won’t be an easy ask for Alastair Finn’s in-form Championship side but after the impeccable start the Hullen Edge club have made this season they’ll back themselves on home turf.
All-Premiership ties present themselves with some evenly-matched contests, at least on paper as Honley; who’d love nothing more than play in a final on their own magnificent ground face Cawthorne. Chris Walmsley’s team from the fringes of Barnsley have had a mixed start to the season but will pose a big threat to Honley all the same. Another all-Premiership draw has pitched two teams never to have lifted the famous old trophy but who have started the season in perfect style. Thongsbridge will entertain Moorlands with a Premiership dress rehearsal ahead of that on Saturday May 12th.
Armitage Bridge’s reward for a first round win away at Slaithwaite is yet another away trip, this time to Barkisland; winners in 2015 but relegated from the Premiership last season. In the final tie newly promoted Mirfield Parish Cavaliers will renew rivalries by travelling to Almondbury Wesleyans after the two sides battled it out for much of last season in the Championship.
In the Fired-Up Corporation Paddock Shield; holders Kirkburton have been handed a tough home second round draw against 2016 winners Barkisland. Premiership Two winners Hoylandswaine will journey to Armitage Bridge whilst there will be a Colne Valley derby as Championship Two Golcar take the short trip over to Premiership Two Broad Oak.
All matches are to be played on Sunday June 3rd with the following Sunday June 10th being used as a spare date if play isn't possible (or less than ten overs). Full Draws:
|All Rounder Cricket Sykes Cup 2nd Round|
|Elland v Shepley|
|Barkisland v Armitage Bridge|
|Thongsbridge v Moorlands|
|Hoylandswaine v Skelmanthorpe|
|Delph & Dobcross v Rastrick|
|Clayton West v Scholes|
|Honley v Cawthorne|
|Almondbury Wesleyans v Mirfield Parish Cav|
|Fired Up Paddock Shield 2nd Round|
|Broad Oak v Golcar|
|Armitage Bridge v Hoylandswaine|
|Kirkburton v Barkisland|
|Scholes v Clayton West|
|Moorlands v Honley|
|Skelmanthorpe v Elland|
|Cawthorne v Delph & Dobcross|
|Edgerton & Dalton v Shepley|