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Cup kings Queens could be ripe for the picking
West Bowling meet Pennine League colleagues, Premier Division leaders Queens, in the third round of the Hamuel Reichenbacher Yorkshire Cup at Emsleys Rec on Saturday.
The Leeds side have a formidable cup reputation but there is a well-held view by many pundits that they are now on the decline.
Bowling’s young guns are in sparkling form in the Championship Division and welcome prop Conner Wood back into the squad.
The black and whites duo of Aidy Doherty and Duane Platt will be eager to impress against their former team-mates, and long-term absentees Sam Kittsen and Liam Hay are set to pull on a jersey.
Player-coach Ian Wormald will cause Sedge problems. However, he could lack pack partners as brother Mike and Ash Hutchinson have arm injuries.
Sedge will be confident of making progress, pointing to the free-scoring exploits of Robert Priestley and Alastair James, who both posted a brace last time out.
Queensbury’s long-serving prop Lee Kelly will miss out on the visit of unbeaten Slaithwaite Saracens in what could be a close-run encounter.
Bury need a morale-boosting win to keep pace with their rivals in the lower reaches of the Pennine League Premier Division and will be looking to home advantage to help them collect the points.
However, Liam and Gavin Jarvis, Lee Naughton and Steve Ingleson all return from injury.