Lancashire League game-by-game guide

Ryan Canning hopes to kick start Nelson's season

Ryan Canning hopes to kick start Nelson's season

First published in Sport

A look at Saturday's big matches...

Accrington v East Lancashire

Champions Accrington have former skipper Graham Lloyd available as they bid to make it two wins on the spin when East Lancashire arrive at Thorneyholme Road and they go into the game high on confidence.

East Lancs make the trip to Hyndburn ready for a reunion with former professional Ockert Erasmus and they hand a debut to Shahrukh Khan, who has moved from Edenfield, in what is a strong side.

Donlan says: Accrington

Bacup v Colne

Bacup were beaten on the opening day as they suffered an alarming collapse against Enfield. They will again look to last week’s top scorer Tim Farragher for runs as they look to bring some cheer to Lanehead.

Last year’s bottom club Colne have spent the week walking on air after their marvellous opening day win at Todmorden but skipper Matt Walker is again without Sam Tillotson as they make the trip.

Donlan says: Colne

Haslingden v Church

Haslingden will field Daniel Salpietro as substitute professional as Brenton Parchment is still awaiting a visa but Phill Hayes leads a strong side into the Bentgate clash with Church as he aims for two wins from two.

Church pulled off arguably the biggest result of the opening weekend when they chased down a big Lowerhouse score with Levi Wolfenden hitting a magnificent ton. Phil Gilrane misses tomorrow’s game, however.

Donlan says: Church

Lowerhouse v Rawtenstall

Jonathan Finch is again available for Lowerhouse as they bid to recover from the loss to Church, a game in which they did very little wrong. Charlie Cottam has a strong team at his disposal for the weekend.

Vinny Hanson’s Rawtenstall made short work of Rishton last week as they got their season off to a fine start. They are a good side in the making and a trip to the House is a good yardstick for them.

Donlan says: Lowerhouse

Nelson v Ramsbottom

Nelson couldn’t believe they lost to East Lancashire last week after skipper Neil Thompson led an incredible fightback that was ultimately unsuccessful. Sam Halstead leads the attack against his old team.

Ramsbottom were on the receiving end of a big display from Accrington last weekend but they are still a threat and South African professional Daryn Smit will want to put one over his fellow countryman Ryan Canning.

Donlan says: Nelson

Rishton v Enfield

Rishton have had a tough time with selection this week as they aim to recover from opening day defeat but they have ability in the team. Ali Sartaz will get wickets and Abdul Biswoodall can turn any game.

Enfield’s pace ace Ben Dowling had a magnificent return to the Lancashire League when he claimed six wickets in the win at Rishton and he is hungry for another big display this weekend.

Donlan says: Enfield

Todmorden v Burnley

Andrew Sutcliffe’s Todmorden were left reeling last week as Ali Azmat’s sensational 168 led Colne to a win at Centre Vale. A week of decent weather will be a boost to fast bowling professional Michael Neser.

Burnley were beaten at Haslingden last week but travel to Todmorden with good confidence in the camp. Chairman and former Surrey, Middlesex and Hampshire batsman Michael Brown plays alongside his brother David.

Donlan says: Burnley

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