Ribbleadale League for Wednesday.

By Tony Dewhurst

SKIPPER Andrew Winrow says that Euxton can claim a Lancashire Cup place such is the progress at Balshaw Park this term.

Euxton won promotion to the top flight in 2015 and last weekend’s overwhelming league victory over Cherry Tree, with fifteen overs to spare, means that they are giving the chasing pack a real run for their money.

“I’m pretty pleased with how we’ve done in Senior League One, there’s a great blend in the side and we’ve a lot of youngsters coming through the ranks,” said the captain.

“For example, we played at Cherry Tree in a Twenty-20 tie recently and we had four players aged under sixteen in the side.

“One of them, Ravi Dhar, took five for 8, so that’s a great effort.”

He added: “Clitheroe, Great Harwood and Settle might have that bit of extra strength in depth and experience, but I’m convinced that we can challenge for a top four finish and a Lancashire Cup berth.

“If we can do that then we’ll have had a successful season.

“I think we’ve a really bright future at Euxton.”

South African Francois Haasbroek is back for a second spell with Euxton after reeling in 68 wickets and firing 593 runs last season.

And Winrow says the former Lowerhouse paid man – who claimed a season’s best of 6-33 at Salesbury last month - has made a big impression.

“When we talked to Lowerhouse about bringing Francois here they said that we wouldn’t get a better pro and that’s proved the case.

“He is very good with the youngsters, always encouraging them, and obviously has made a huge contribution on the pitch.

“Francois made an unbeaten 46 against Cherry Tree in the league match last weekend and is picking up wickets too so we are thrilled with his contribution.”

The Ribblesdale League Twenty-20 crown is also high on Winrow’s radar after a splendid start in the short-form competition.

“I think we’ve a good chance of winning the tournament, I really fancy us to do well,” he added.

“We are top of our group and going well in the competition.”

Euxton are on the road this weekend when they make the trip to Read and Winrow added: “We’ve made a nice start and we have a good foundation stone to build on for the rest of the summer.

“We’ve won nine of fourteen games in all competitions and that’s a decent return.”