Lisburn face a difficult hurdle at The Lawn

Lisburn, having stemmed the flow of defeats with their resounding victory against Lurgan two weeks ago now face another difficult hurdle on Saturday when they travel to The Lawn to take on Waringstown.

The win at Pollock Park was based round three fine scores from Craig Ervine with 142, Robert Rankin, 63 and Darryl Brown with a quick fire 60 not out. Previously in the early games, runs had been hard to come by and their results echoed their batting performances.

However, with the massive score of 333 compiled at Lurgan and the vital league points which followed, Lisburn’s confidence has taken a great boost and they now can face top team Waringstown with a lot of optimism.

Waringstown, having begun the season with a series of wins have two of the best batsmen in the Premier League. Obus Pienaar and their ex Ireland player and captain Kyle McCallan. Lisburn avoided the prolific Pienaar last season but on Saturday their attack will have to bowl well to contain the South African who is liable to take the game away from them very quickly if he is allowed to get into his stride.

Lisburn captain, Davey Simpson is well aware of the problems ahead of him in the shape of Pienaar and McCallan but he must approach the game in a positive manner and with some disciplined bowling, give his team a chance of winning a game which would again improve the morale of the Lisburn side and ease their difficult position at the tail end of the Premier League.

Part of their problem has been the absence of the chance to play their quota of home games due to the ‘bedding in’ of the new wickets but on Saturday week they will be in the Park for the first time this season to face CIYMS and, hopefully, will have two wins under their belt by that time and a league recovery high on the agenda.

Lisburn make just one change to the team which won their last match against Lurgan. The briefly available Keith Allen is replaced by the talented Mark Berry.

The Lisburn team to face Waringstown tomorrow (Saturday), is as follows:

David Simpson (capt), Robert Rankin, Craig Ervine, Darryl Browm, Nathan Waller, Adam Berry, Richard Simpson, Carl Williams, Mark Berry, Stephen Allen, Richard McConkey.

The game starts at The Lawn at 1.00p.m.