Parchment returns as leaders face tests

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EARLY pacesetters East Lancashire and Rawtenstall put their 100 per cent Foster’s Lancashire League record on the line tomorrow as the heat is cranked up on the Bank Holiday weekend.

Both Vinny Hanson’s Rawtenstall and Mark Bolton’s East Lancs have gone about their business quietly and won three out of three but the accepted big hitters started to flex their muscles last week and are ready to pounce on any slip.

And both leading lights face tough games on the road.

Bolton takes his men to the Neville Gee Recruitment Ground for a tasty clash with Lowerhouse.

That promises to be a good encounter with Charlie Cottam’s House getting off the mark at Enfield last week, while Bolton’s men edged out Haslingden in a low scoring thriller at Alexandra Meadows.

Rawtenstall are also in form with a professional bang on form in the shape of Brett Pelser. The class act South African destroyed Nelson last weekend with a six-wicket haul and an unbeaten century, a day after they beat Lowerhouse in a rain affected game.

They also have a test on their hands at Centre Vale as they travel to a Todmorden side who boast the deadly pace of Queensland Bull Michael Neser.

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Reigning champions Accrington are missing wicket-taker David Ormerod and former Lancashire man Graham Lloyd, who is umpiring the Kent v Surrey County Championship match but they are confident of beating a Colne side whose good start seems a long time ago.

There could be fireworks at Bentgate as ex-West Indian Test man Brenton Parchment makes his belated bow for Haslingden against Enfield.

The Jamaican suffered problems with a visa and will want to make up for lost time.

Burnley are without Michael and David Brown as they head to Bacup and are in desperate need of a win to boost spiritis. Bharat Tripathi’s men were installed as pre-season title favourites but have lost all three games so far.

Rishton welcome Ramsbottom to Blackburn Road, while Nelson host Church in the day’s other games.

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