The Lancashire CCC website has been waxing lyrical about Rishton pro Andrea Agathagelou.
The 20-year-old has come from South Africa as part of a scholarship with the county and looks set to be offered a new deal next season at Old Trafford - and Rishton should also benefit.
And Lancashire coach Mike Watkinson was certainly singing Agathagelou’s praises after, in a four day second team friendly against Somerset at Southport last week, he took 10 wickets over the game and scored 129 runs in one-day.
This would have struck fear into the hearts of Sunday’s opponents Accrington who have been struggling for form and runs of late.
But returning Accrington pro Will Driver - who has been offered a new deal at Thorneyholme Road for next season - helped to make sure Agathagelou’s winning streak didn’t continue.
"We had all heard about how well he had done during the week and knew he was in-form and was Rishton’s main man," said former Lancashire man Driver.
"But Dibber (David Ormerod) got him out for a low score and we were certainly happy with that."
While Agathagelou has been enjoying his cricket life of late, it has been different for Driver.
The 21-year-old was struck down with a chest infection which got into his lungs and, coupled with him suffering from asthma, it meant he had to sit out the last two Accrington games where they have scored just 144 runs altogether.
"I felt like an old man to be honest," said Driver. "It was more annoying than anything but I was out of breath and couldn’t do anything about it.
"It just floored me and I wasn’t any good at watching, especially as we got such low scores and lost both games.
"The Haslingden defeat (which was the biggest loss In Lancashire League history of 292 runs) certainly wasn’t a great experience!"
But Driver, who has won praise from the Accy officials for the work he does with the juniors and around the club, bounced back with a 60 against Rishton on Sunday and has started back his climb towards the 1000 run mark - he is on 644 at the moment.
"To be honest, I sub-proed for my former side Winton on Saturday and got a duck so I thought I had lost my form and I was panicking a bit.
"I thought I had lost my momentum but then I came back with 60 and, although it didn’t look like we were going to win, we all played well. We got past 100 runs which is always a start!"
Driver’s 60 - with seven fours and two sixes - was the driving force while former Lancashire batmsan Graham Lloyd chipped in with 38 from 67 balls to take them to 166. But Rishton veteran bowler John Seedle deserves a mention for 6-53 - a season’s best.
In reply, at 3-29, Accrington looked in charge but Andy Bartley (37) and Tiarnan Hamill (27) put on another good stand for the second week running but the tight bowling of Ormerod, Damian Clarke, Jimmy Hayhurst and Paul Carroll saw a relieved Accrington through to their first win in four games.
"We are too good to be where we are in the league," said Driver, with Accrington winning the title for the last two seasons.
"The problem is all our batsmen have been out of form. But Graham Lloyd and Graeme Sneddon played well at the weekend and now we have got to carry it on into this week’s double header.
"I just take it each game as it comes at the moment, without targets, and we will see where it takes me."
While Accrington were planning their move up the table thanks to a derby win, Church made it into the top six with them rewarding the few hardy souls who waited more than two hours for the action to get underway at West End against Enfield.
A 30-over contest finally began at 3.35pm.
Enfield’s 129 for 9 revolved almost entirely around a second wicket partnership of 69 between Asif Fazal and Liam Jackson after Church sub pro, 19-year-old Kiwi Harry Boam who is Settle’s professional, removed Mas Ahmed early doors.
When Jackson was caught by Andrew Bentley off Mabs Hussain for 30, Enfield pro/captain/wicket-keeper Adam Bracewell threatened to push the score along. But, after a couple of towering sixes, he tried one huge heave too many and Philip Gilrane caught well on the edge.
After opener Fazal went next ball for a fine 54 (six boundaries) the Enfield effort rather petered out with only 21 coming off the last seven overs as they even threatened to get bowled out with Boam becoming the second bowler to take two wickets in successive balls on his way to three for 18.
Church lost Craig Fergusson for a duck but Ammer Mirza and Boam built a superb second-wicket stand of 85 but in a strangely fallow period - from the end of the 16th to the end of the 20th over - only five runs were added; Boam went for a beautifully-struck 50 (made off 53 balls with seven boundaries) attempting a big hit and was quickly followed by Nasser Hussain and Phil Sykes who both failed to trouble the scorers.
Church actually ended up behind the required rate for a brief time with untimely showers threatening to curtail proceedings to their disadvantage.
Zahir Afzal and David Bracewell were the Enfield bowlers threatening to turn the game on its head.
But the rainclouds quickly blew over and Mirza and Adam Greenwood moved up through the gears to put Church back in command with a flurry of boundaries.
Mirza emphasised his consistency by powering to another half-century, 58 not out (a six and five fours) while Greenwood ended on an important 18 not out.