EAST Lancashire pro Ockert Erasmus is hoping a perfect weekend can lead to his men kick starting their Foster’s Lancashire League season after their slow start.

The South African all-rounder, who also captains the Alexandra Meadows outfit, led from the front as East Lancs claimed their second win of the season at Bacup on Saturday and then saw them into the second round of the Worsley Cup at Ramsbottom 24 hours later.

That win at Acre Bottom was the shock of the first round as the holders and favourites were beaten – and it also saw East Lancs get past Rammy after losing to them in the cup twice in the last three years.

“That was a good win,” said the 24-year-old. “They are a very, very good team but we bowled very well to get them out for 90.

“We saw Mini Bhada bowl like a machine and then Nick Turner did well also and while we got off to a slow start with the bat, it was an excellent win.

“Any win against a side including Jon Fielding and a top pro like Pieter Malan is a good one and it is great to go through.”

Erasmus was also delighted with Saturday’s nine-run win at Lanehead and added: “We have come away from there on the wrong end narrow finishes so that was pleasing.

“And hopefully now the weekend can offer us a new start and let us kick start the season.”