CHURCH have raced to the top of the Musbury Fabrics Lancashire League table - and their aim now is to stay there and clinch their first league title since 1962.
Jack Houldsworth was with the club 42 years ago when they last won the title - although he wasn't playing first team cricket at the time.
He is now the league representative at Blackburn Road and is hoping he can see the glory days return.
"Things are going well but we are refusing to get carried away. There are 10 games left and anything can happen. There is a long way to go as two defeats could see us drop us down to fifth or sixth.
"But I only remember us being at the top of the table once since we last won the league. That was in 2000 with Mike Watkinson was professional when we were at the top in June/July but we didn't stay there.
"We have got to see what transpires now but what makes it a great achievement for us, no matter what happens, is that we are a young inexperienced side but everyone is contributing and playing their part.
"We have the four experienced players in Alec Holt, Nick Westwell, Phil Sykes and Mark Aspin but the rest are youngsters but they are bowling well and taking their catches and contributing with the bat. We are playing as a unit.
"I am not saying we are going to win the league and there is no pressure but it is fantastic at the moment."
Nick Westwell has 42 league wickets so far and is aiming to claim 50 scalps this season. "It is a remarkable achievement for any amateur to get to 50 wickets."
And skipper Phil Sykes and Mark Aspin are chasing the club's amateur batting record set by Alec Holt around 1995 when he got 781 runs. Sykes so far has 469 and Aspin 479.