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Lancashire League game-by-game guide
6:00am Sunday 27th April 2014 in Sport
A guide to all of Sunday's games...
Burnley v Accrington
Burnley welcome back record breaking former amateur Jonathan Clare to their ranks for the game of the day. The Derbyshire all-rounder will play for Bharat Tripathi's men when his county commitments allow and comes into the team in place of club chairman Michael Brown.
Accrington have their own star available in the shape of former Lancashire man Graham Lloyd and he takes his place in a full strength side which shows no changes from today's game with East Lancashire as new skipper Stuart Crabtree aims to defend the league title.
Donlan says: Accrington
Church v Bacup
Phil Gilrane comes into the Church side in place of Sam Griffin in the only change to today's team. Craig Fergusson's men are determined to put some silverware in the West End trophy cabinet after years of near misses. Levi Wolfenden is a man in form and is eager to carry on his good run.
Bacup skipper Matt Thompson witnessed his side collapse in dramatic style in their opening game of the season as Enfield romped to a win but they will learn from that and with Tim Farragher finding some early season form they are capable of improvement as the season goes on.
Donlan says: Church
Colne v Rishton
Colne professional Ali Azmat scored a stunning 168 as last year's wooden spoon outfit stunned Todmorden - and he will aim to impress again as he makes his Horsfield bow with skipper Matt Walker overseeing a much improved side. Andy Hakin and Tom Bradshaw will also look to shine.
Rishton could well blow hot and cold this season and Shaun Hutchinson leads a young side. He does have the experience of Abdul Biswoodall to call on and professional Matt Hulett is a class act performer, who can make his name in the Lancashire League this year.
Donlan says: Colne
East Lancashire v Haslingden East Lancashire play their first home game of their 150th anniversary season and that means a return to his old ground for batsman Chris Riley. Riley has returned to the Meadows after his time in the Liverpool Competition and can make his mark for skipper Mark Bolton's men.
Haslingden are capable of being right in the mix this season with new skipper Phill Hayes and former captain Graham Knowles a dominant force with the bat. They also have plenty of young talent but they will have to rely on a sub-pro as Jamaican star Brenton Parchment is still delayed.
Donlan says: Haslingden
Enfield v Lowerhouse
Two sides with lofty ambitions collide at Dill Hall Lane and Adam Bracewell's Enfield could be a force this year. Ben Dowling's pace claimed six wickets as he returned to the club, Liam Bedford will score runs and South African professional Werner Coetsee is a proven class act.
Lowerhouse did nothing wrong in defeat to Church on the opening day and skipper Charlie Cottam names a talent-laden side for the trip to Hyndburn. That side includes the mecurial talent of Jon Finch, whose work commitments allow him to play at this stage of the season.
Donlan says: Enfield
Ramsbottom v Todmorden
Rob Read's Ramsbottom were well beaten by Accrington on the opening day but they will hit their straps and professional Daryn Smit will enjoy the Acre Bottom decks, while Jonathan Fielding will again take wickets and Mike Haslam is back in the side after missing last weekend.
Todmorden professional Michael Neser has pace to burn and he will enjoy the battle with Smit and company. Don't read too much into last week's loss to Colne, Andrew Sutcliffe's men are going to be there or there abouts this year and tomorrow is an excellent yardstick.
Donlan says: Ramsbottom
Rawtenstall v Nelson
Rawtenstall have a quiet belief that 2014 could be a good year and with Brett Pelser back for a second year as pro they can push up the table. Legendary left-armer Keith Roscoe goes into the weekend needing three more five-wicket hauls for a career century of bowling collections.
Nelson deserved more than defeat at the hands of East Lancashire last week as skipper Neil Thompson took them to the brink of victory. He is a top performer, as is professional Ryan Canning who will relish his battle with fellow South African Pelser.
Donlan says: Rawtenstall
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