JOHN Cordingley is hoping to get one over on his mate on Sunday when Rishton and Accrington clash in their derby match.
The Blackburn Road side are currently joint top of the Lancashire League with new boy Cordingley playing his part.
But he is up against his former Darwen colleague Michael Horsfield who plays for Accrington - and their new pro Nishit Shetty who is setting the Lancashire League alight with the bat.
"Me and Mick have been winding each other up," said 23-year-old Cordingley. "He is one of my best friends and it is a bit of a grudge match!
"Their pro, though, has had a really good start to the season and, with us both in the top four, it should be an interesting game."
Cordingley has slotted into the Rishton side who are hoping they can win their first league title since 1996.
He has been a solid opener for them and got his first Lancashire League half century in Rishton's eight wicket victory over Haslingden on Saturday, with 72 - including 10 boundaries.
"I am enjoying playing in the Lancashire League with the decent crowds and the cricket is good," said Cordingley who had been in the Northern League with Darwen since he was seven-years-old.
"We have done well so far as we are only a young side but players seem to have come of age this season.
"The pro, Vernon Philander, is a big personality and has fitted in well and everything about it is excellent at the moment.
"We have not just won three of our four games but beat some good teams too - and we had two wins without Peter Sleep."
Former Test player Sleep, the Rishton captain, missed the first few games of the season, playing for the Australian veterans team, but came back to find his team-mates had given Rishton a good start.
"I think he was pleasantly surprised when he returned," said Cordingley who works as a gym instructor at Sleep's Wickets Hotel and calls his boss a "slave driver!".
"We got two wins out of three without him so it just shows that we are not reliant on him and the pro all the time.
"We have a strong batting line-up now which I think is what the club has been lacking over the last few years.
"And I have been impressed with the bowlers. They are only young but their bowling has been excellent.
"I wanted a change when I was at Darwen and Sleepy was bending my ear so I decided to give it a go. Now I see too much of him!
"But I was pleased to get my first 50 in the Lancashire League and hopefully there is more to come."
The Lancashire League table certainly makes pleasant reading for three of Hyndburn's teams.
Enfield are the in-form side with three wins out of three and they saw off local rivals Church at the weekend to lead the way.
And it was a former Blackburn Road man Craig Fergusson who did the damage making an unbeaten 95 - a career best - while pro Alviro Petersen, who is batting well, chipping in with 52 to by-pass Church on an adjusted target because of the rain.
This was after Church professional Ruven Peiris had made 109 - his second century in the three games so far. Church will be hoping to get the points and move up the table when they travel to Ramsbottom on Sunday.
Accrington seem to be the team a lot of people are talking about at the moment - especially their pro Nishit Shetty,.
He has tormented the Lancashire League bowlers in his first season in this league.
After hitting 155 in his opening game he bettered that on Saturday smashing 173 against Rawtenstall.
He needed just 121 balls with 13 fours and five sixes - writing himself into the Accrington record books. Only Charlie Llewellyn scored more runs - he amassed 188 for the club in 1913.
Zahir Afzal and skipper Matt Wilson also both got half centuries as Accrington made 341 and then rewrote the league record books. Only Rawtenstall's 347-7 against Nelson in 2003 kept them off the top of the pile in limited over cricket.
Rawtenstall could only get 198 in reply.
None of the sides could add to their tallies on Sunday with the weather causing all the games to be abandoned.
Tomorrow [Sat] sees the start of the Inter-League Challenge Cup between Lancashire and Central Lancashire League sides.