THEY may be winless in the Premiership Division so far but Little Lever captain Josh Gent is far from downbeat and believes they can break that duck against Farnworth tomorrow.

The Victory Road outfit have lost all four games played in the league but aside from a good beating by high-flying Horwich RMI, Gent says they have been disappointed not to have more than two points on the board.

But he is determined to stay positive and says they will be doing everything possible to beat the weather and get tomorrow’s home clash with Farnworth on before they travel to play the same side in the Hamer Cup second round on Sunday.

Gent told The Bolton News: “Make no mistake we want to play this game because I think we have a strong chance of winning at home.

“Apart from the Horwich defeat, where they were far superior and dished out the biggest defeat I’ve witnessed in my time at Little Lever, we have deserved more.

“We should have beaten Farnworth Social Circle after we hammered them by nine wickets in the cup the week before but we didn’t get enough runs and that was disappointing.

“Then, after the Horwich loss, we were beaten by the weather against Kearsley when we set them 170 but the rain meant a revised target which they got – but I was pleased with the way we played that day.

“Then, against Lostock, it was a good seam bowling attack that did for us.

“So we feel we can get results starting this weekend.”

Much will depend on the form of ex-Farnworth man Adil Nisar and professional Awais Zia, who has joined this year, especially with fast bowler Curtis Anderton unavailable this weekend.

Nisar has been in the wickets of late while ex-Pakistan international Zia has shown his capability with both bat and ball – hitting a century in Little Lever’s Peter Stafford Trophy quarter-final defeat to Atherton.

The 32-year-old, who has opened against England for his country in the past and still figures in the Pakistan Super League for Karachi Kings, has settled after a difficult start to life in the Bolton League.

“His dad died the week he was due here,” Gent explained. “But he still came a week later and he has looked great for us – he is a top-class player as he showed with that century against Atherton.

“We would have won that day but had seven missing and it is hard getting teams out when you have double-headers or triple if you include T20 like this weekend.

“To get lads available for all three days is tough with everyone having family commitments – most captains will probably agree.

“The T20 is not so bad as it is good fun and only last a few hours.

“Maybe there needs to be a rethink – maybe we could have a round-robin format instead.

“You do have the option of playing T20 games on Tuesday nights but playing Friday is a good earner for our club, and I expect a lot of others.

“I don’t know the answer but it does affect selection.

“If we can get a side out we can do all right.

“Hopefully, that will be the case this weekend.”