Lowerhouse focus on their own jobs

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THE calculators will not be making an appearance before Lowerhouse’s potential title-deciding double header this weekend.

The West Enders, who currently sit 27 points ahead of Accrington in the Lancashire League, face away games against East Lancs and third-placed Todmorden knowing maximum points will secure them their first league title since 2005.

Chairman Stan Heaton said they were definitely not getting carried away though and there was still a lot of cricket left to play.

“We’re looking forward to it but we won’t be getting the calculators out. They are going to be two tough games and you never know how it is going to work out, especially with the weather. We have three games left, whereas Accrington have four, and depending on weather it could get extremely complicated.

“All we have to do is concentrate on winning our games which is what we’ll be doing. We’ve taken each game as it comes all season and this weekend will not be any different.”

It would be an incredible achievement for the Liverpool Road side, not only because it would be just their second league title ever, but it would also have been done with a first team, many under the age of 20.

“The vast majority of the team is under 20 and it has been an incredible effort,” said Heaton. “There have been significant contributions from the more senior players as well though, and our pro has been outstanding. The most important thing is that everybody has contributed and nobody has needed carrying.”

Heaton will be having to rely on his mobile phone to keep up with all the goings-on this weekend though as he watching over the future stars of Lowerhouse Cricket Club.

“I’m looking over the thirds on Saturday and the seconds on Sunday but I’ll definitely be keeping track of what’s happening. Luckily we have a very good text system in place and there will be plenty of phone calls.”

Elsewhere in the Lancashire League this weekend, Burnley face home games against Bacup (tomorrow) and Rishton (Sunday).

Meanwhile in the Ribblesdale League, Baxenden can secure their second title in three years when they go up against Padiham at the Arbories on Saturday. Read, who will be hoping for any kind of Baxenden slip up, take on Earby away.

• LOWERHOUSE draw winners, August: 1, £100, Frank Entwistle; 2, £60, Pete Simm; 3, £50, John Puttock; 4, £30, Andy Kelly; 5, £25, Deb and John Edmondson; 6, £20, Toni Coates; 7, £15, Anne Cochrane.