UNBEATEN Lowerhouse are looking to mount a serious challenge on all fronts this season.
After making it six wins out of six at the weekend chairman Stan Heaton said confidence could not be much higher going into this weekend’s triple-header, which takes in three competition.
The reigning champions extended their lead over Church at the top of the Lancashire League to eight points following a 19-run win away to title challengers Accrington on Saturday.
Then on Sunday the team travelled to Rawstenall in the Worsley Cup where despite not playing at close to their best according to Heaton, they were triumphant by seven wickets.
“We had played better in our previous five fixtures,” he said.
“For whatever reason we were not at our peak in that game but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
“We have high standards but that’s why that even when we’re not playing to our peak we can still do enough.
“The league game against Accrington was very nip and tuck.
“On not the best of batting tracks we got a good total and then took wickets regularly, which proved to be enough.”
Heaton says their unbeaten start to the season proves that last year’s league win was no fluke and he believes there is still more to come.
“It shows that the same players are playing just as well as they did last year.
“We have a big weekend coming up with Burnley at home in the 20/20 (tonight), followed by a trip to Accrington again, this time in the Lancashire Cricket Board Cup on Saturday and then Haslingden away in the league on Sunday.
“We want to do well in all competitions so it’s a very important weekend.
“Haslingden are always a tough nut to crack so that should be a good game.
“Everyone is fit and raring to go although Jon Finch is missing again through work commitments.”
Meanwhile, Burnley captain Steve Brunt is hoping his side can finally get their season up and running this weekend with the 20/20 game against Lowerhouse tonight followed by a home league game against Enfield on Sunday.
The Belvedere Road side have only recorded one victory so far this season, and endured an 86-run loss by Ramsbottom in the league at the weekend before a nail-biting defeat to Nelson in the Worsley Cup – losing out by one wicket with just two balls to spare.
“The game in the cup could have gone either way,” said Brunt.
“Both teams thought they were going to win it at different stages and it must have been really thrilling for the crowd.
“In the end though it was a disappointing result because we thought we had a chance of doing well in the cup this year.
“The league game was a bit disappointing as well.
“Ramsbottom are a strong side and we let them get away with a big total.
“We then didn’t bat well at the top and there was only Kelly (57) who offered any sort of resistance,
“We’re looking forward to the games this weekend.
“Games against Lowerhouse are always good and there should be a good crowd out for that one.
“Enfield will be a good one as well.
“Out of the four league games we’ve lost, two of them were by small margins.
“We have a good team on paper and it’s only early days.
“If we can get a couple of wins on the bounce then the league table will look a whole lot different.”
Meanwhile, in the Holdsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale League, Sunday sees the game of the season so far as leaders Barnoldswick entertain second place Read, who currently lie eight points behind.
It is a double header in the league this weekend, and first Read must travel to Clitheroe for a Ribble Valley derby tomorrow, however.
Read go into the game in good shape, having eased past Whalley by nine wickets on Saturday.
Padiham host Whalley tomorrow, before a trip to Salesbury on Sunday.
They are also in good spirits after a similarly convincing win over Ribblesdale Wanderers, winning by 81 runs as professional Chris Holt took 8-54.