CRICKET lovers are preparing for a Bank Holiday weekend feast as the area enjoys a number of big showdowns.
Lowerhouse’s Worsley Cup game at Colne, which was rained off at the weekend, now takes place tomorrow, before the two teams meet in the league on the following day.
Lowerhouse will be hoping victory in the league game takes them above reigning champions Ramsbottom, who currently occupy top spot in the Lancashire Senior League, and chairman Stan Heaton feels the season is currently showing signs of being a successful one.
“Obviously we just want to carry on maintaining our form,” he said.
“The cup competition is very important to us as well and we’ll be giving it our all in both games.
“One of the remarkable things this season is that three of the games we have won this season, we have batted first and then they have been rain affected, which usually gives the teams batting second the advantage as they can throw everything at the target. So far the signs for us having a successful season are there but we are not getting carried away.
“In this league any team can beat another on any given day and we certainly will not be taking Colne lightly this weekend. We have got a couple of players missing but we feel we have the strength in depth to cope.”
Colne meanwhile will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s eight-wicket defeat by Todmorden with a couple of good performances.
Burnley, who lost a thrilling match at Turf Moor by five runs to Haslingden on Saturday, take on Nelson at Seedhill with both teams eager to record only their second league victories of the season.
Over in the Ribblesdale Cricket League, and Read face a couple of mouth-watering clashes as they take on table-topping Baxenden tomorrow and fifth-placed Padiham on Sunday.
Captain Warren Eastham said this weekend was an important one in terms of the season: “We’re not afraid of anyone in the league and if we can get two wins this weekend then that will put us right up there amongst them and put us in really good stead.
“I’m sure Baxenden will see us as there first real challenge of the season and we know that we’re going to be up against a really professional team, with a great pro and couple of amateurs in really good form.
“It should be a good game and obviously the Padiham game is always a big one with it being two local teams going up against each other. The weather forecast isn’t looking though this weekend but hopefully we’ll get both games played.”
Padiham’s other game this weekend sees them face off against lowly Clitheroe as they look to continue their push up the league.
l Lowerhouse seconds made up for a grim battle with the bat as they bowled out Church for just 77 to win by 31 runs.
Jack Edgar top scored for Lowerhouse with 27 while Matt Marquis (5-35) and Scott Hope (4-18) were the pick of their bowlers.
The cup game against Colne will be played tomorrow.
In the latest round of Sycamore Farm-sponsored junior games, Lowerhouse Under 13 Cougars put in a brilliant bowling and fielding performance to see off Lowerhouse Under 13 Tigers.
The Cougars smashed their way to 215-5 before managing to restrict the Tigers to 207-5.
Lowerhouse Under 11 cubs scored 217-3 but were just unable to reach Rawtenstall Under 11s’ score of 228-5.
Performance of the Week went to Lowerhouse Under 11 Koalas who made an impressive 254-2 as they defeated Bacup Under 11s.
Very steady batting saw a good score racked up. Jake Turner, Ed Turner and Ben Woodall then produced an outstanding bowling and fielding performance.
l Burnley District Under 13s fell to defeat as they failed to chase down Lancaster Districts Under 13s’ target of 167.
Burnley won the toss and put Lancaster into bat, who got off to a flier.
Although Harry Spark (1-25) bowled tightly, especially in his first spell, the Burnley bowlers struggled to come to terms with the soft wicket and bowled far too short.
Once Sam Frith had departed for a sprightly 33, Lancaster lost three further quick wickets but Satchwell, Cookson and the middle order took advantage of poor bowling to take the score up to 150.
A late flurry of wickets saw the innings close with eight overs remaining and Curtis Meehan the outstanding pick of the later bowlers (4-41).
Burnley began the reply competently but following the needless run out of Adam Stubbs few of the home batsmen showed much intention to graft.
A series of injudicious shots and two further needless run outs saw the home side dismissed for 93 in the 29th over.
Matty Thornton with 13 top scored and only Stubbs, Rowe and Nicholas reached double figures.