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Four left in frame for Holland Cup
7:46am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Sport
THE title and the wooden spoon are all done and dusted – but there promises to be a mighty scrap on Sunday as the race for second place in the Foster’s Lancashire League goes right down to the wire.
Accrington already have the championship trophy safely secured and Colne have landed the unwanted prize of the wooden spoon but going into the last day four teams are in the running for the Holland Cup, the trophy awarded to the league runners up.
Lowerhouse, who had been back-to-back champions, are in pole position for yet another piece of silverware and they are seven points clear of third.
That means a win in their final game with Todmorden will guarantee another trophy into the Neville Gee (Recruitment) Ground cabinet.
But if Charlie Cottam’s men slip up, their cross-town rivals Burnley are waiting to pounce.
Bharat Tripathi’s men, who won the Worsley Cup last month, are in the running for a double and will be going all out to end their campaign on a high as they go to East Lancashire for cricket’s Burnley v Blackburn derby.
Church and Ramsbottom are the other two teams in with a shout of second should Lowerhouse and Burnley slip – and they meet in a massive game at Acre Bottom.
Both sides have started to look towards next season and Church have already signed Accrington’s stunning professional Ashar Zaidi for 2014, while Ramsbottom are closing in on their replacement for South African batsman Pieter Malan.
Malan headed home yesterday so Rammy will field a substitute professional on the final day.
Colne are also in that situation as their outgoing paid man Shadley van Schalkwyk also went back to South Africa yesterday.
Rawtenstall’s Brett Pelser is returning to the Worswick Memorial Ground for next season but he has already returned to the Highveld Lions ahead of the Champions League Twenty20.
League legend Andrew Payne stood in for them at the weekend and he will once again don the whites for the seasonal finale against Enfield on Sunday.
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