Lancashire League match-by-match guide

Accrington v E Lancashire

Accrington are missing their captain Jimmy Hayhurst through suspension but Graham Lloyd plays.

East Lancs have a different look with ex-skipper Mark Bolton now in charge of the seconds. Ockert Erasmus leads them.
Key Man: John Turner
Donlan says: Accrington

Bacup v Lowerhouse

Bacup will look to repeat last season’s opening day hammering of Lowerhouse and are at full strength amateur wise.

Lowerhouse are missing Jonathan Finch but have a strong looking side with the return of Joe Hawke.
Key Man: Joe McLuskie
Donlan says: Lowerhouse

Church v Rawtenstall

Sam Tucker is back behind the stumps for Church and Sam Holt also returns to Craig Fergusson’s side. Barnoldswick pro Imran Khalid stands in for Saeed Anwar.

Rawtenstall field Kiwi Lou Vincent as sub-pro and that guarantees fireworks – but there is no Andrew Payne.
Key Man: Levi Wolfenden
Donlan says: Church

Colne v Enfield

Matt Wilson is back as Colne captain after last year’s injury problems. Jeff Ellis has retired and John Lambert has left.

Enfield have signed batsman Nasser Hussain from Church and he takes his place in a strong side.
Key Man: Nasser Hussain
Donlan says: Enfield

Haslingden v Burnley

Lewis McIntosh is back from Baxenden for Haslingden, who also give a debut to new pro Harry Boam.

Burnley have Bharat Tripathi back at the club and have also signed Yakub Bhamji from Darwen.
Key Man: Bharat Tripathi
Donlan says: Haslingden

Nelson v Rishton

It’s a much-changed Nelson side for Neil Thompson to lead but Richard Meade, David Crotty and Thompson are big players.

Rishton have lost a number of players over the winter but Craig Smith’s presence means they will score runs.
Key Man: Richard Meade
Donlan says: Nelson

Ramsbottom v Todmorden

Record-breaking former Barrow professional Pieter Malan could be one to watch this season as Rammy aim to start on a high.

Todmorden have lost three men to Walsden – but have replaced them well and Simon Newbitt is still a key man.
Key Man: Jon Fielding
Donlan says: Ramsbottom

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