PROFESSIONAL Ockert Erasmus admits Lowerhouse were gutted to have their day at Old Trafford cut short. But any disappointment will be forgotten if they can lift the LCB Knockout Cup this weekend.

Lowerhouse make their second attempt at their final with Ormskirk, this time at Blackpool, having had their first attempt washed out after just nine over at the famous home of Lancashire County Cricket Club.

"It was a very disappointing day," said the South African.

"It was nice to be there. We got to experience quite a bit of the ground, but it was most disappointing for the crowd.

"There were a lot of supporters there who had gone all that way for just nine overs."

But Erasmus says their experience, albeit brief, cannot be taken away from them.

"All 12 men got on the pitch so we've all had the experience now to say we played there," he said.

"There are a handful of guys who have played there before as juniors, but none as seniors.

"It was my first time there.

"I've been fortunate to play at all the big venues in South Africa, so at least this is another one to add to the list.

"One of the nicest things was walking out with the current captain and the former captain - Ben Heap and Charlie Cottam. As we got closer to the fans it was like being professional cricketers, people were asking for autographs and pictures.

"After only nine overs it was a nice feeling to have. It felt like being famous for a few minutes."

Fielding first, 'House had made a decent start before the rain came.

Ormskirk's opening batsmen are two of their man danger men, but Erasmus ousted Mike Jones for just 10, leaving the newly crowned Liverpool Competition champions at 31-1 when the covers came on.

Frustratingly, play did not resume, meaning a re-arranged date, and venue.

"We start from scratch at Blackpool. We'll toss up against and go for it again, weather permitting," said Erasmus.

"I'm not sure what happens if it rains again. If it comes to a bowl-out hopefully we can share the trophy because I don't want the final to be settled on that.

"We had one against Clitheroe. I don't want two in the tournament!"

Instead, former East Lancs and Accrington professional Erasmus is hoping for another positive start, at a ground he is familiar with.

"I've played three or four games there this season so I've got a bit of knowledge of the ground and how it plays," said the 29-year-old.

"I've got an idea of what to expect - a bit of inside knowledge - so hopefully we can use that in our favour.

"Ormskirk are a very good side and are playing in the National Knockout next week.

"They've got a good, strong top order, so if we can get through that I think we've got a good chance.

"They might be even stronger this weekend because they've got a couple of players available who weren't last weekend, including Lancashire's Simon Kerrigan.

"But the way we've been playing we've been doing really well as a team. We've batted well and bowled well.

"If we play to our potential we've got a really good shot.

"We're at full strength with the same side out as last weekend. Everyone is very keen to perform on the day, as we were last week.

"Hopefully we'll have another good start in the field, or if we bat first get some runs on the board."

He added: "We're ready, we're looking forward to it.

"Everyone wants to play in the final, and it's a bit of a boost to the Lancashire League as it's the first time one of our teams has gone that far.

"It's been great with all the changes. It would be another good thing for the league if we could win."