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Former Yeadon all-rounder Grant Soames looking to knock them out of cup with Woodlands
The JCT600 Bradford League’s only two unbeaten teams are set to meet in tomorrow’s Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup quarter-finals.
League champions WOODLANDS take on Division Two leaders Yeadon at Albert Terrace and one man who is looking forward to the contest more than most is Grant Soames.
The all-rounder had two spells as captain of Yeadon before joining Woodlands last season and featuring in the latter stages of their title-winning campaign after shrugging off a serious knee ligament injury.
“I really enjoyed playing at Yeadon but I felt it was the time for me to move on when Woodlands asked me to join them,” said Soames.
“I am sure their players will have plenty to say to me but it will be good to play against them.
“I am really pleased to see them doing well. They seem to have been galvanised under their new skipper James Todd and it is good that younger players like Ben Elvidge, Callum Goldthorp and Oliver Halliday are making important contributions.
“Mind you, they have some useful experienced players too. I see Damon Gormley is bowling as well as ever and he has certainly been a good player for them.”
Soames has made a bright start to the season. His form with the bat has been particularly good but he admits he is still not bowling as he would like.
He said: “I am still not confident about the knee I injured. It is my front leg and the one I pivot on and I guess I am still not fully confident about trusting it.”
The former Bierley batsman would love to impress against his old club – just as ex-Baildon all-rounder Richard Atkins will for Bierley.
MANNINGHAM MILLS have only won the Priestley Cup once. That was back in 1977 when they defeated Lightcliffe by four wickets in the final – the same team they visit tomorrow.
Lightcliffe’s last cup triumph was back in 1964, so the incentive of a place in the last four is a big one for these two teams as they meet at Wakefield Road.
The Priestley Cup represents PUDSEY CONGS’ best chance of winning silverware this season but they have a difficult tie at home to HANGING Heaton.
Skipper Andrew Bairstow will be hoping that his side’s big-match knowhow will see them through against a Heaton side who have reached the regional finals of the national Kingfisher Cup playing some fine cup cricket along the way.