Lancashire League’s opening day is a washout

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Both Burnley and Lowerhouse suffered a damp start to the new Fosters Lancashire League season on Easter Sunday.

The opening round of fixtures saw Burnley host Bacup at MyProtein Turf Moor, while the West Enders travelled to Rishton.

However, the rain forecast for the day didn’t disappoint, and both sides picked up three points for a no result.

Lowerhouse will hope for more luck with the weather on Sunday as they are scheduled to take on champions Ramsbottom at the West End in their first home game of the season, while Burnley will look to get underway when they travel to Chatburn Road to face league newcomers, and Ribblesdale League champions, Clitheroe.

In the other games on Sunday, Clitheroe’s fellow newcomers Great Harwood reached 73-5 in their Lancashire League debut against Colne, before no further play was possible at the Horsfield.

Ramsbottom’s derby at Haslingden also fell victim to the weather, as did Clitheroe’s game at Enfield’s Dill Hall Lane.

East Lancashire’s home game with Todmorden followed suit, washed out by the rain, as did the third league newcomers Darwen’s trip to Rawtenstall.

Church’s home game with Accrington also fell victim to the conditions, making it a blank weekend for the league.

Nelson, who had a bye week, will have their seasonal opener on Sunday.

The CBS Office Supplies Ribblesdale League will hope for better fortunes as they get underway on Saturday.

Saturday’s Senior League fixtures: Barnoldswick v Ribblesdale Wanderers; Euxton v Feniscowles; Oswaldtwistle Immanuel v Baxenden; Read v Brinscall; Salesbury v Earby; Settle v Cherry Tree; Whalley v Padiham.