GREAT HARWOOD were deciding professional Sohail Tanvir's fate this week.
The club knew highly-rated Tanvir would be held up on Pakistan A duty for the start of the season.
But it is now unsure whether the 22-year-old all-rounder will come at all as he appears to have been delayed again.
It has been a mixed start for Harwood with two wins and two defeats in their opening games using sub professionals. And they have a big game tomorrow (Sat) as they take on Read in the first round of the Ramsbottom Cup.
Harwood made the final last year only losing out in dramatic circumstances to treble winners Clitheroe and, after their indifferent start to the season, they will be focusing on a run in the cup - but it seems they will have to battle for now without a regular paid man. They are also without big hitting Russell Whalley and Phil Allen tomorrow but former Australian Test star Peter Sleep comes back into the side.
Harwood had a mixed weekend, making 257-7 one day and just 77 the next with one win and one loss but are still in fifth place in the table.
Table topping BAXENDEN continued their good form with a nine wicket win over Padiham - who were unbeaten. Dave Parkinson made 103 not out while Jonathan Fielding took another six wickets as their bandwaggon rolls on. Their game on Sunday was rained off. They are in cup action tomorrow against Edenfield.
OSWALDTWISTLE'S pro Ahmer Saeed made 53 in their 165 all out but Earby proved too strong on Saturday. The pair meet again at Applegarth in the cup tomorrow.