Oswaldwistle Immanuel have had a bit of a boost as they look to progress in the Ramsbottom Cup.
They face Barnoldswick in the first round tomorrow who, despite a struggling start to the season, were one of the pre-season title favourites and have been tipped to recover and climb the table.
Immanuel were due to travel to Victory Park but, due to drainage problems there, they have switched the game to New Lane and Immanuel captain Imran Abid hopes that will work in his side’s favour.
"It’s a boost that its now at home for us," said the skipper. "That’s a big plus.
"In my four years here, I don’t think we have ever got past the second round of the cup and one of the big aims this season is to try and get into the last four.
"We think we can do it as we have a strong bowling attack. We have Andrew and Gerard Metcalf, me, Choppy (Alamgir Anwar) and Kurt Smithson has returned to us this week after a couple of seasons at Read.
"I do think Barnoldswick will climb the league as they have got a few players in and it takes time to gel but I am sure they will get it right - although I’m not sure they will catch the top three now. But we still fancy ourselves for this weekend - we are confident."
Immanuel, who have won one of their four games so far but had one abandoned and have also faced pacesetters Baxenden, are happy with new pro Chris Cook-Martin.
"He got a century for us early on and I think that was a relief for him," said Abid. " He is only a young pro and it can be daunting even though he is a confident lad so it was good for him.
"Our batting let us down last season but so far the signs are good despite results not always going our way.
"The batsmen at number four and five have got 50s and the top order have got a few runs and now we want to kick on. I am positive from now on we will do well."
Oswaldtwistle’s trip to Padiham and Great Harwood’s clash at Settle both fell victim to the weather and were abandoned as only three games were played last weekend.
And Baxenden, who begin the defence of the Ramsbottom Cup tomorrow against Earby, must feel lady luck is shining on them at the moment.
The double winners from last season have had a flying start to their league campaign with four wins out of four.
And, having won their league opener on the last ball,, last weekend theirs was one of the few matches to survive the rain as they once again collected a victory.
Ex-Rishton batsman Richard Rostron top scored as new club Salesbury made 166 with Gary Sudworth the Bash bowling star with four wickets.
Captain Ian Austin once again stepped up with a half-ton after the quick dismissals of both openers but it was Lewis McIntosh’s unbeaten 64 which helped to seal a six wicket win for the early pacesetters.
Second placed Clitheroe saw off Edenfield, while Barnoldswick overcame Ribblesdale Wanderers in the other fixtures to go the distance.