SPINNER Jon Fielding believes tomorrow’s Foster’s Lancashire League match of the day between Ramsbottom and Accrington has all the ingredients to be a cracker – and could be a real statement of intent for the rest of the season.
Reigning champions Accrington went to the top of the table last weekend and with Ramsbottom in third place the Acre Bottom clash promises much.
Accrington beat Ramsbottom when the sides met on the opening day of this season Fielding reckons the return will be much tighter.
“We were missing a couple of players when we went over to Accrington,” said former skipper Fielding.
“Dont get me wrong, Accrington are a very good side but I think it will be a different game at our place.
“And even though it is still very early in the season this sort of game can put a marker down for the remainder of the season.”
Since that opening day loss, Ramsbottom skipper Rob Read has brought in Simon Read and Callum Kay and left-arm star Fielding added: “It gives us added strength.
“We are batting well and also taking wickets and that’s good for us, although I have only picked up three all season.
“I am bowling pretty well and the wickets will come but Simon and Mickey Haslam are looking the real deal with the new ball and the pro is also picking up plenty of wickets.
“And hopefully it will all come together tomorrow.”
Accrington have former Lancashire star Graham Lloyd available for the showdown, while Adam Greenwood also comes into the side and will take on wicketkeeping duties as Matt Wilson is unavailable.
Enfield have moved into second place in the table on the back of several big displays and they are big favourites to beat Bacup at Dill Hall Lane.
There is no David Bracewell for Enfield but Greg Jones returns after missing the Worsley Cup defeat at East Lancashire.
Church entertain Lowerhouse at West End in another big game between big hitters – and the House are hunting revenge after Levi Wolfenden memorably led Church to victory in the reverse fixture on the opening day.
Sam Holt returns to the Church side but skipper Craig Fergusson is without Phil Gilrane, while Ben Heap is back in the Lowerhouse team with Jonny Whitehead ruled out through injury.
Colne look to complete a double over Todmorden at The Horsfield, while professional Matthew Kleinveldt is fit after a groin strain as East Lancashire welcome Nelson to Alexandra Meadows.
Danny Chester also gets a call to the firsts with David Turner unavailable.
Lancashire Academy pace bowler Cole Hayman returns to the Burnley side for the first time this season as Haslingden visit Turf Moor.
And Rawtenstall skipper Vinny Hanson is fit to lead his men against Rishton as the pair enjoy a quick re-match after last Sunday’s Worsley Cup 600-run thriller.
Rocky came out on top in that game but Hanson was forced off the field with suspected heat stroke after making 125.