Despite 10 games remaining in the current campaign, Radcliffe Cricket Club captain Chris Berry is already preparing to strengthen his side for next season.

The Homer Street men are currently in sixth place in the Central Lancashire League having lost 11 of their 18 games.

“All we can do now is look forward and start preparing for next season,” said Berry. “We are looking at bringing in new players to strengthen the side.”

One of those additions may be 14-year-old second team player Jordan Booth, who has impressed.

“Jordan has been a breath of fresh air. He’s young but he didn’t let me down on the field on Saturday. He will be a good bowler for the first team in a few years.”

Radcliffe fell to an 88-run defeat at rivals Middleton on Saturday, in one of the few games that survived the weather.

“To be honest I’m surprised we played. Within three or four overs of playing on a wet outfield the ball was like a bar of soap, so it wasn’t the best conditions for playing cricket.”

Middleton pro Grant Edmeades put on 123 runs as the hosts totalled 217 from their 32 overs.

Radcliffe only managed to post 129 in reply, with pro Nadeem Ashraf top-scoring with 25.

“We set our stall out to chase the score down. There was no point in holding back,” said Berry.

Radcliffe host Milnrow on Saturday before visiting Little Lever in the Lansdale Trophy on Sunday.