FULFORDGATE will start their defence of the York Vale Cricket League's Horwath Pulleyn Heselton Cup with a preliminary round trip to Copmanthorpe on May 2.

Should they win they face another away game, at Burton Salmon, in the first round.

The league season gets underway on Saturday.

Horwath Pulleyn Heselton Cup draw

Preliminary round: Westow v North Duffield, Drax v Norwich Union, Hirst United v Ovington, Copmanthorpe v Fulfordgate (Matches to be played on May 2).

First round: Ben Johnson v Tollerton, Stockton & Hopgrove v Stillingfleet, Thixendale v British Sugar, Westow or North Duffield v Bishopthorpe, Drax or Norwich Union v Wheldrake, Kelfield v Askham Bryan, Burn v Hirst United or Ovington, Burton Salmon v Copmanthorpe or Fulfordgate (Matches to be played on May15).

Scothern Cup draw

Preliminary round: Askham Bryan II v Thorpe Willoughby, Bishopthor-pe II v Malton & Old Malton, Woodhouse Grange v York University Staff, Huntington v Heworth II (Matches to be played May 2).

First round: Heworth v York, Tadcaster v Burn II, Pocklington v Acomb, Melbourne v Bishopthorpe II or Malton & Old Malton, Askam Bryan II or Thorpe Willoughby v Selby, Malton & Old Malton II v Clifton Alliance, Woodhouse Grange or York University Staff v Drax II, Wistow v Huntington or Heworth II (Matches to be played on May 15).

Updated: 10:50 Friday, April 23, 2004