Lowerhouse to ‘keep pressure on’

Adnan Rasool bowls for Burnley
Adnan Rasool bowls for Burnley

LOWERHOUSE could move a step closer to double glory over the weekend.

Charlie Cottam’s side travel to Alexandra Meadows on Sunday knowing that a win over East Lancashire will maintain the pressure on Enfield.

And the following day, the West Enders host Colne, as they look to defend their title and add to their recent Worsley Cup success.

With a game in hand of Enfield, with who they share joint-leadership of the league, coach Paul Stansfield knows his team will have to do a professional job on Sunday, but also admits that they are in control of their own destiny.

“We just need to keep winning our games, we can’t effect Enfield’s games so if we win our game in hand we’re ok,” he said.

“Hopefully our experience from last season will help us and it could maybe be some added pressure onto Enfield.

“We know that if we play to our best, because we believe we’re the best team in the league, then we can beat anyone on our day.”

This confidence isn’t just bravado, Stansfield could become the most decorated coach in the club’s history if they take the Lancashire League title, and they are unbeaten in their last four league and cup matches before the Bank Holiday weekend double header.

“We’ve played them (East Lancs) twice and know they are a very experienced team with players who have been around for a while,” he added.

“You never have an easy game against them and their professional, Ockert Erasmus, is one of our pro’s best friends and he always raises his game against us.”

Stansfield also understands that Colne professional and captain, Shadley Van Schalkwyk, is set to travel home and so will have the prospect of facing a substitute pro.

Burnley are back in action this weekend after a drama-filled match last time out saw Turf Moor commandeered by the police so an air ambulance could land for a local patient.

Club captain Bharat Tripathi is looking to build on the success over Bacup.

“We beat Bacup on Sunday and we’ve now won our last four games and this is where our hard work is really beginning to show.

“We’ve got some big games to play and this is really where we need to start to perform and push on to get into the top six, which would be a great achievement.”

And looking towards the Todmorden match he said, “The biggest threat comes from their pro because he bowls half of their overs and is always capable of damage, but with that in mind I think we have the best pro in the league in Adnan Rasool.

“It’ll be a good battle between the two of them, but I don’t want to pin the match on that because they have some good amateurs as well.”

With their match against Bacup being the only match to be completed at the weekend, Tripathi had special praise for the club groundstaff.

“They did a fantastic job on Sunday to look after the ground and keep the game on to help give us some real momentum heading into the last fifth of the season.”

Burnley are at Nelson in the mini-derby on Monday.

In the Holdsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale Cricket League tomorrow, Earby host Read at the Applegarth, while Padiham travel to Back Lane to face Baxenden.

On Sunday Whalley Road will be the venue to round-off a busy weekend when Read face a visiting Padiham team in the derby.