Hold­ers Ras­trick have new skip­per

Halifax Courier - - Bowls - Tow­er­gate Hal­i­fax League

DIVI­SION Three teams will be look­ing to spring a sur­prise or two to­mor­row fol­low their in­clu­sion in this year’s Sun­day Sec­tion Rod Warhurst Cup competition.

The with­drawal of Mytholm­royd has left 24 clubs, split into four round robin groups of six teams. The top club from each group qual­i­fy­ing for the semi fi­nals.

Hold­ers Ras­trick, un­der new leader Ja­son Mid­dle­ton, find them­selves in one of the weaker look­ing groups with an open­ing game against neigh­bours Black­ley at Round Hill.

The vis­i­tors are the only other first divi­sion side in the group, but only just avoided rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son, so the home men will have high hopes of get­ting their 2011 cam­paign off to a win­ning start.

The 2010 run­ners up Nor­den open at Illing­worth, but with Light­cliffe and Northowram Fields, who romped to the third divi­sion ti­tle with a record points haul last sea­son, also in the group pro­gres­sion will be a dif­fi­cult task.

Booth, who have an ex­cel­lent record in this competition, find them­selves start­ing at home to pro­moted Southowram.

With four sec­ond divi­sion teams in their group, a semi fi­nal berth looks a min­i­mum for the Broad Fold men, who are led by the re­turn­ing Tony Hi­ley.

The fi­nal group pits Tri­an­gle, open­ing at Out­lane, against Brad- shaw from the sec­ond divi­sion and four third divi­sion sides, so the Grassy Bot­tom men will be ex­pected to reach the semi fi­nal stage with­out much dif­fi­culty.

There are no games next week due to the Parish Cup and Cross­ley Shield first rounds. TO­MOR­ROW - Rod Warhurst Cup, group A: Bark­island v Sowerby bridge, Booth v Southowram, SBCI v Old Cross­leyans. Group B: Greet­land v Northowram Fields, Illing­worth v Nor­den, War­ley v Light­cliffe. GROUP C: Co­p­ley v Stones, Northowram HT v Au­gus­tini­ans, Ras­trick v Black­ley. GROUP D: Out­lane v Tri­an­gle, Queens­bury v El­land, Sowerby SP v Brad­shaw.

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