This weekend sees four senior games spread over the three days including the Bank Holiday
Our 1st XI make the short journey to Enfield CC on Sunday, and make one change from the side that narrowly lost to East Lancs last Sunday. Matthew Bunn comes in for Russ Whalley.
Captain Patrick Swanney:
“We’re once again eager to test ourselves against another very strong club in Enfield.
Mas (Mahsooq Ahmed) will be returning to his former club, whilst we know some of their players, the Baileys played at Whalley and of course it will be good to see our former player Ben Dowling.
We got off to a reasonable start last week but were disappointed not to take victory so we’ll be hoping to put that right and get our first win on the board.”
Our 2nd XI look to follow up an impressive 6 wicket win away at East Lancs and welcome Enfield CC to the Cliffe on Sunday. Cameron Holt and Mark Leach come in for Chris Oddie and Mick Deasey, and Sohail Ali (Solo) captains the side for the first time.
I spoke to Solo who said: –
“I’m honoured and really looking forward to captaining the side for the first time. We have a very strong bowling line-up this season and we go into Sunday’s game excited to show what we can do.
We don’t fear any opposition as we feel if we play to our best abilities we can beat anybody, and with the right focus the aim has to be to make ourselves contenders come the end of the season.”
Sunday’s game will also see the return of Anthony Steele to the Cliffe on the opposing side for the first time. He has many friends at Great Harwood having spent the majority of his playing days here and it will be great to see him once again.
Having edged out Enfield with two balls to spare last week, our 3rd XI have a double header weekend. This afternoon, we take on East Lancs CC at the Cliffe before travelling to Church CC on Bank Holiday Monday.
Captain Richard Law-Riding said: –
“We have a big weekend ahead which will tell us a lot about how our season will go. We play against East Lancs and Church, who were the only other two teams that secured maximum points last weekend.
Last week we had a very good result away at Enfield winning in the last over in the type of game that you want to play in. It was made all the better by the fact that we stuck to our principles for the 3rd XI, which is all about development of our young players and enjoyment of the game. Perhaps some other clubs may have stuck to the same players to bat and ball at the expense of others, but every single player contributed for us and played their part in our victory.
I’m looking forward to this weekend; it is difficult to predict results but we go in with the same approach and take confidence forward from last weekend. We’ll play to win and look to end the weekend with 2 positive results”
All four games start at 1pm. The bar will be open from 12:30 for the duration of both Saturday and Sunday’s home games.