‘House captain is in confident mood

Lowerhouse CC v Colne CC. Lowerhouse bowler Francois Haasbroek celebrates with team mates. G290511/2g
Lowerhouse CC v Colne CC. Lowerhouse bowler Francois Haasbroek celebrates with team mates. G290511/2g
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Ben Heap is confident that the experienced personnel within his squad can help to bring some consistency to Lowerhouse’s Lancashire League campaign.

The West Enders have retained the services of professional Ockert Erasmus after the South African cricketer ended last term as the most prolific batsman in the division with 985 runs, which included an unbeaten 104, while adding 35 wickets to his arsenal.

The club will also welcome back two familiar faces in one-time skipper Jon Finch, who returns from a year’s absence due to work commitments, and former paid man Francois Haasbroek, who helped Lowerhouse to successive titles in his previous spell.

In addition to that, Heap has managed to keep the nucleus of the squad in place as they look to secure a spot in the top tier of the refurbished 24-team hierarchy.

“We hope to build on last years fifth place finish and the share of the LCB Cup. We’ll hopefully be pushing for one of the four trophies available to us come the business end of the season.

“The new format looks exciting and who ever gets on a decent unbeaten run could run away with it.

“We’re looking forward to it though and I’m sure everyone is anticipating the two divisions for 2019.

“This season could be anyone’s as we only play each other once.”

The Liverpool Road skipper added: “The new season sees the return of Jon Finch and Francois Haasbroek who has joined as an amateur.

“They both know the club very well and are two of the best all rounders in the league.

“We have lost a couple of first XI fringe players but overall the core of the side is still intact and we are hoping that will help us be much more consistent this season.”

“Ockert had a fantastic first season with us and I expect him to go from strength to strength.

“Having Ocky and Francois together will be priceless for our young players to learn from during games and at training.”

Lowerhouse open their season against newcomers Rochdale on home soil on Sunday.