Unsworth Cricket Club captain and professional Chris Williams is hoping his side can put their poor start to the league season behind them as they host Crompton in the John Willie Lees Wood Cup on Sunday.

Unsworth, who were losing finalists in 2010 and 2007, currently sit in seventh place in the league, having won just one of their four opening fixtures.

Williams said: “We’ve obviously not started well in the league, although we’ve had quite a hard start, including tough fixtures against Middleton and Crompton.

“It will be good to have a game in the cup to freshen things up a little bit.

“We know it will be difficult as Crompton have brought in some new players this year, they’ve strengthened quite a lot.

“They’ve got experienced bowlers like Mel Austin and Marlon Black who bowled very well against us in the league last week.

“However, we’ve got some new players this year too, and are looking to improve so it should be a good game.

“Hopefully we can do well and have a good run in the cup.

“This is only my second year at the club so I wasn’t involved in the final in 2010 but I’ve heard all about it and it sounds like a brilliant event to be involved in,” said Williams.