CHERRY Tree’s Mike Timmis believes the club can go all the way and seal promotion this season.

The Blackburn outfit have won two of their opening four games in Section B and travel to Feniscowles on Saturday.

“We’ve made a decent start to the season, it’s promising what we’re seeing from the boys,” said Timmis, who has been captaining the second XI.

“We said before the season started that we feel we could be a major threat in this league and potentially go all the way and get promotion up to Section A.

“I think it’ll be a tight league this season, with no-one really running away with it.

“It’s all about keeping that winning momentum and confidence going.

“Everyone will lose games, but it’s about bouncing back from those losses in a good manner and showing everyone what you’re about.”

Key to a promising start has been big-hitting Zimbabwean professional Timycen Maruma.

He currently sits third in the batting statistics having hit 172 runs for his club.

Maruma has an average of 86 after four games and has hit a high score of 111 not out.

“He’s been unbelievable for us to be honest,” Timmis said.

“I think his average is 80 odd after four games and that’s winning us games.

“He’s a big reason why we’ve made a good start in the league.

“Opposition bowlers must hate bowling against him because he smashes them all over the field.

“His 111 not out was brilliant to watch, we were in awe of him a little bit.

“I’m just happy we were able to sign him, and we don’t have to play against him!”

Tomorrow Cherry Tree make the short trip to Feniscowles as they look to beat one of their local rivals.

“We’re looking forward to it. We know it’s going to be tough regardless of league position,” said Timmis.

“Games in this league are always tough, but if we turn up and perform like I know we can then I fancy us to get a good result.”

As well as league commitments there are also opportunities in cup competitions.

Cherry Tree lost their Twenty20 opener against Euxton but were hoping to bounce back against Salesbury last night.

“It’s the only real disappointment we’ve had so far in this campaign,” Timmis said.

“We’re a few places above Euxton in the league so we wanted to go out there and put on a show, but it wasn’t to be.

“Credit to them though, they were better than us and deserved the win.

“It’s the group stages of the competition so we can come back, we just can’t really afford many more defeats.

“It’s important to have a cup run and we feel we’re capable of that as well as going well in the league.

“T20 is where you can have some fun and hit the big, eye-catching shots that maybe you can’t risk doing in the league matches.

“We’re still looking to have a good run in the cup and see how far we can get.”