Lancaster captain warns against complacency

Iain Perrieman goes on the attack against Darwen. Picture: Tony North
Iain Perrieman goes on the attack against Darwen. Picture: Tony North

Lancaster Cricket Club’s captain has warned against complacency as his side look to continue their fine start to the season at bottom of the table Preston on Saturday.

The Lune Road men have won all three of their completed games in Division One of the Northern Premier League and make the short trip down the M6 as big favourites.

But Ben Simm doesn’t want his side to be the ones to come unstuck against the division’s strugglers who have just two points and no wins from their opening five games.

The off-spinner said: “They’re struggling.

“They were on zero before getting a couple of points in their latest loss (at Kendal) on Saturday.

“But they’ve got a couple of dangerous players and are going to win one at some point.

“We’ve just got to make sure it isn’t against us.

“It’s been a great start and it would be a shame if we lost against bottom of the league.”

The game will be the second and final match without professional Rameez Raja who is back in Pakistan representing the Karachi Dolphins in their Twenty20 competition.

Former Chorley man Josh Tolley acted as sub pro in the win over Darwen at Lune Road on Saturday with Simm having plenty of options for this coming weekend.

Simm said: “We thought he might be back for this weekend but he’s going to miss another game.

“It would obviously have been nice to have him for the whole season but I think Pakistan told him to play in it and we can’t get in the way of that.

“We had Josh Tolley in against Darwen who used to be at Chorley.

“He plays for Crompton in one of the Manchester leagues and although he didn’t come off with the bat he contributed with a run out and a catch.

“It was a real struggle to get someone in but for this weekend I’ve already been given three names so we’ve got options.”

Simm played a big part in the Darwen win, picking up five wickets as his side won by 20 runs.

He said: “The main thing is getting another 15 points which is brilliant.

“It’s always nice to contribute with bat and ball and it was so pleasing to get another win again.”