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Enfield will miss pair

MAS Ahmed knows Enfield have suffered a double blow with the loss of two influential players.

MAS Ahmed knows Enfield have suffered a double blow with the loss of two influential players.

Liam Jackson, who had been at Enfield CC since he was about "four hours old", has left to pro at Manchester side Euxton, and Russell Edmonds has joined the army.

"Liam would get 500 runs and 30 wickets and Russell would average 500 runs - we have lost two players who would add 1,000 runs to our season so they are difficult to replace. It is hard to find that many runs," said the captain.

"So we will be happy with a top five place. We are also reliant on sub pros at the start of the season but hopefully Alviro will come and do well."

Enfield have signed Alviro Petersen but he will miss the start of the Lancashire League season as the South African is involved in a 20/20 competition at home.

When he does arrive, however, he does come highly recommmended from Martin van Jaarsveld - paid man at Dill Hall Lane for the last few years. Alviro is van Jaarsveld's team-mate at Northern Titans and opens the batting.

This Sunday, however, Enfield will have former Burnley paid man Pierre Joubert as their pro for the Lancashire League opener at Haslingden. "Pierre is a good player and we are looking forward to Alviro's arrival as he is coming here with a big reputation," said the captain.

"We will miss Martin, though, as he was quality and we missed him last year when he got called up for international duty. When he left we were top of the table but we ended up finishing joint fifth."

"A top five place again would be good for us and to watch a few youngsters break into the first team."

Most people's tips for the title are defending champions East Lancs and Nelson, who have last season's pro Joe Scuderi as an amateur and have Cameron Cuffy, a West Indian fast bowler, as the paid man.

"Both teams will be strong," said the Enfield captain. "East Lancs will take some beating and with a professional and Joe, Nelson will be strong."

"But I also think Bacup will also be there or thereabouts."

And he is looking forward to the first round of the Worsley Cup against local rivals Accrington. They have Tama Canning as their pro and he likes Enfield - hitting 95, 115 and 65 against them and taking 4-58, 4-23 and 5-55.

"Enfield are one of Tama's favourites!" said the captain.

"I played with him at Accrington around three years ago and he is a good player. He seems to like playing against us."