Robinson : Hullen Edge derby should be close
Barkisland tied with Shelley last Saturday and then beat an under-strength Golcar side by eight wickets in the Heavy Woollen Cup to earn a date with Woodlands.
Elland host Hoylandswaine on Saturday while Barkisland break new ground with a trip to promoted Moorlands.
But it is Sunday’s clash which the supporters of both clubs will really be looking forward to.
Barkisland skipper Darren Robinson said Elland had recruited some quality players, spearheaded by returning pair Winrow and hard-hitting opening partner Niall Lockley.
“I think they will be a competitive side this year - it could go either way,” he said.
Although Barkisland had the better season last year, Elland won the only league game between the pair to go ahead before Robinson’s side clicked into gear.
Barkisland did win a Twenty/20 match between the sides but Sunday’s visitors would prefer a Premier win over their great rivals.
Robinson said last Saturday’s tie had felt like a win, even though victory had slipped through his side’s fingers at the end.
Four wickets for Matthew Steers and three for Alex Scholefield left Robinson’s side needing 221 to win.
After a disastrous start, Luke Bridges (43) and Robinson ( 55) pulled the reply around, only for another flurry of wickets to leave them on the brink of defeat.
However, last pair Steers (34) and Chris Williams (15 no) levelled the scores, only for Steers to be run out coming back for a second run with two balls left.
Scholefield took four wickets on Sunday and New Zealand Under 19 player Tim Seifertmade an unbeaten 39.
“He looked strong - an aggressive, attacking player,” said Robinson. Joe Gale on his way to a lightning 50 for Walsden at home to Unsworth in the Central Lancashire League last Saturday. Gale cut loose after a 148 run stand between Nick Barker (100 no) and his brother Stevie (68). Unsworth were dismissed for 112 in reply to the Scott Street side’s 275 for five