Skipper Kellett aims to return for double header

Leyland CC v St Annes CC at Fox Lane St Annes batsman Andy Kellett
Leyland CC v St Annes CC at Fox Lane St Annes batsman Andy Kellett
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ST ANNES CC captain Andy Kellett aims to throw himself in at the deep end as his Northern Premier League season finally gets under way this weekend.

The skipper has missed the first month of the season with a back problem, but aims for a hectic comeback weekend in the bank holiday double header.

The leaders are at home to fifth-placed Lancaster tomorrow and head to second-bottom Carnforth on Monday, and Kellett’s intention is to play in both games.

Kellett said: “I’ve been netting and feeling good. I’m as fit as I could be.

“I’m glad now that I didn’t play at Netherfield because I was tempted (the match was ultimately abandoned due to rain). The extra week off has helped and you should never rush a back injury.

“The intention as of now is to double up this weekend, but we’ll see how I’m feeling Sunday morning.”

Wicketkeeper Duncan Whalley has captained the side in Kellett’s absence and has done a sterling job.

St Annes are four points clear at the top, having lost only one of their six completed games.

They have won three and secured winning draws from the other two.

Kellett added: “We have played good stuff and it’s very pleasing. and Atiq Uz-Zaman, Neil Bradley and Ben Dowling have scored lots of runs, and Jake Sunderland and Matthew Bimley have bowled well.”

The only disappointment for Kellett is that his side have already been eliminated from two cup competitions, exiting the National Knockout with a 33-run defeat at Morecambe on Sunday.

“The National Knockout isn’t a trophy we can win but it is disappointing to go out of the Lancashire Cup too,” Kellett added.

“The Twenty 20 starts soon and that’s one we’re particularly keen to do well in now.”

Their scheduled Twenty20 opener at Fleet-wood has been postponed, meaning St Annes enter the tournament at Blackpool next Friday.

Blackpool could soften up Carnforth before St Annes’ visit. Paul Danson’s side head there tomorrow, ahead of Monday’s Stanley Park derby against Fleetwood, who head to Preston tomorrow.

Like St Annes, Lytham CC crashed out of the National on Sunday against NPL club Preston.

It completed an unhappy weekend for the Liverpool Competition’s defending champions, who suffered an ECB premier league defeat against Hightwon on the previous way.

It has left Anthony Mulligan’s side in the wrong half of the table after three games and anxious to make the most of two home games this holiday weekend.

Early season leaders Colwyn Bay are tomorrow’s visitors, followed by Highfield on Monday.