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Raja’s a smasher

OSWALDTWISTLE pro Raja Ali shrugged off his disappointing debut with a terrific 112 not out against Blackburn Northern.
ON FORM... new Oswaldtwistle Immanuel pro Raja Ali hit 112 not out against Blackburn Northern.

OSWALDTWISTLE pro Raja Ali shrugged off his disappointing debut with a terrific 112 not out against Blackburn Northern.

The Indian only managed to notch up one run against Edenfield, but bounced back in fine style at the weekend. Andrew Metcalf also continued his rich vein of form, notching up 57 to help steer the club to their third victory.

Meanwhile Settle's Stewart Hornby, who was their pro last season and now plays as an amateur, took 7-23 to dismiss Great Harwood for 71. Baxenden could only reach 149 despite 58 from Simon Payne after Clitheroe set a target of 178-7.

  • The Bank Holiday weekend sees plenty of cricket action, with four local derbies and Inter-League Trophy action on Monday on the menu.

Enfield and Rishton square up at Dill Hall Lane tomorrow with the home side looking for a first league win after eight straight defeats.

The late arrival of professional Alviro Petersen and constant team changes have not helped Enfield's cause but they will be hopeful of breaking their duck if Petersen can reproduce his form of last Saturday when he made 95 against Haslingden.

Likewise Rishton will be encouraged by their performance against Bacup last Sunday when they gave the league leaders a fright at 167-1, before a middle order collapse surrendered the initiative.

Keith Barker makes his first appearance of the season for Enfield. Michael Winkley replaces Shaun Wyse in the Rishton line-up. Scott Greaves has been appointed as Rishton captain until the end if the season following the retirement of Jonathan Dobson.

After a mixed weekend last time out, Church entertain Haslingden, who sit in mid-table after an indifferent start. Andrew Bentley, Adam Greenwood and Andrew Pilkington are unavailable and Craig Fergusson has taken his final curtain call at West End and moved to Stand, where his former teammate John Seedle is now professional, so David Bury, Mark Gilrane and Pete Rowbottom come in.

Accrington travel to Alexandra Meadows in good heart from last Sunday's win at Centre Vale. Champions East Lancs are unpredictable at present, with a great win at Lowerhouse followed by a surprise defeat at Rawtenstall last week. With professional Quinton Friend still acclimatising it promises to be an interesting afternoon.

No such problems for Accrington professional Tama Canning, who currently tops the league batting averages and is also the leading wicket-taker with 27. Damian Clarke's four catches at Todmorden have made him the league's leading outfielder with nine catches. Accrington are unchanged.

Gerard Metcalf's Oswaldtwistle Immanuel have become the season's surprise packet in the Ribblesdale League. Another superb win against Blackburn Northern made Metcalf's team Hyndburn's leading side after Great Harwood's loss to Settle, who are the visitors to New Lane on Saturday.

Baxenden , languishing next to the bottom spot, have a tough trip to Victory Park to tackle second-placed Barnoldswick and Great Harwood face leaders Read at Whalley Road.VC

On Sunday, Immanuel travel to Great Harwood and Baxenden visit bottom side Edenfield who have ex-Baxenden bowlers Liam Bones and Steve Bulcock in their side.