Reg Nelson previews the second round ties in the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup
One of the biggest Bradford League casualty from the first round were Methley who fielded a weakened side in their loss to Wickersley Old Village. However, the Yorkshire Premier League South side only prevailed by eight runs, and should have a tougher match against reigning Solly Spoorts Heavy Woollen Cup holders Hanging Heaton.
Hanging Heaton had no trouble reaching the second round after a nine-wicket win at Shelley. Second teamer James Byrne, who was standing in for Tom Chippendale, took 4-26 as the home side were dismissed for 108. Nick Connolly (42no) and Joe Fraser (40no) saw the holders to their target.
The Batley-based side have several injury problems at the moment and will be relieved to get this tie done and dusted.
Probably the most attractive tie is at Shaw Lane where twice-winners Barnsley take on New Farnley who won the trophy in 2016. However, much will depend on the sort of selection strength will be at Farnley’s disposal.
In the opening round they amassed a score of 376-2 against Crossbank Methodists with Dan Hodgson scoring 192no in sharing a second wicket stand of 265 with Adam Waite (123).
Last year New Farnley lost a high-scoring final at Spen Victoria against Hanging Heaton in what was considered one of the best finals in recent years.
Townville have an interesting clash with Yorkshire Premier League South outfit Whitley Hall who have twice been Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions. Last week Townville lost narrowly to New Farnley in the Priestley Cup and have an appetite for cup cricket.
The Buttershaw St Paul’s v Spen Victoria tie sees two Championship Two sides battle it out after both received byes from the First Round.
Five-times winners Wrenthorpe might have the pedigree in this tournament, but they will have their work cut out to beat Elland.
However, they showed good form when knocking out a depleted Farsley side, breezing to a 115- run victory. An unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 65 between Mo Bashir (44no) and Matthew Race (36no) enabled Wrenthorpe to make a winning 252-7 at Red Lane.
Elsewhere, Hoylandswaine, who are one of the favourites, should make no mistake at home to Barkisland, while another all-Drakes Huddersfield League match sees strong outfits Scholes (H/L) and Shepley battle it out.
Yorkshire Premier League South side Treeton face Pontefract League South Kirby, who are debuting in the competition.
Second round draw
Scholes (H/L) v Shepley
Wickersley OV v Hanging Heaton
Barnsley WM v New Farnley
Buttershaw St Paul’s v Spen Victoria
Wrenthorpe v Elland
Townville v Whitley Hall.
Treeton v South Kirby.
Hoylandswaine v Barkisland