SAEED Anwar Junior admits winning the Lancashire League title in his first season at RISHTON would be 'something special'.
The Blackburn Roaders are just four points away from clinching their first league title since 1996 and have two games in the final weekend of the season to do it.
They face Lowerhouse tomorrow and, if they haven't sealed top spot by then, they will face their main title rivals Rawtenstall at home on Sunday in what could be an all-or-nothing game.
But the Pakistan all-rounder, who has re-signed for next season, wants it all done and dusted as soon as possible.
"It is a big weekend for us," said the 28-year-old. "We only need four points and are really excited about it and are 100 per cent confident we will do it.
"We have to to believe we can. We want to win it tomorrow as it is in our hands and we do not want to leave it until Sunday."
Rishton were outsiders for the title at the start of the season but have topped the league since the end of May and have played consistently to hold off any challengers.
"It has been a long season," said the pro, who made the switch from the Central Lancashire League. "And it would mean a lot to win it as when I came I knew we had lost two good players in Richard Rostron and Peter Sleep.
"But we have come together and I think we have done better than expected. In this team though we have a got a lot of good players and, if we win the league, it will be something special.
"I have already sensed a buzz around the town. Where I live people are always asking me how we did and if we are going to win it this weekend and they have taken a really big interest in the cricket team.
"And I think the crowd have played a large part if we do win the league title. They deserve some credit as they have kept coming in their numbers through all the ups and downs and they have been huge for us this season."
Anwar, though, has been huge for Rishton with 933 runs so far in this campaign and taken 71 wickets.
"I have been pleased with my bowling but I am a few runs short, I would like to have scored a few more but it has been okay most of the time," he said.
And now he and skipper Andy Bartley will be trying to keep it all together in the final two games of the summer.
"We have got on well and Andy has listened and asked me how things should go and he has got a lot of experience.
"We talk during the game and we don't want anyone to feel the pressure. We just want everyone to play their natural games and give 100 per cent.
"We did great work last Saturday against Colne and now we have got to keep motivating each other and telling each other we will be fine. That's why we want to win it tomorrow, in cricket, anything can happen, and we don't want to leave it until Sunday."
Chairman Alan Craven knows it will be a nervous weekend for his side.
"We will have our fingers and toes crossed that we can get the four points from the two games," he said.
"We don't want ito leave it until Sunday as it will not do our nerves any good!"
Rishton, though, did hold their nerve last weekend - especially the paid man - as he made 66 and Jon Cordingley 31 in their 183-9.
Garth Wyse then took charge with the ball taking 5-46 - including the prized wicket of paid man Greg Mail - and Anwar finished with 4-16 in a comfortable 105 run win for the pacesetters.
ACCRINGTON are finishing the season strongly after a 67-run win over defending champions Burnley and they lifted themselves out of bottom spot for the first time since early May.
Nishit Shetty - who won't be returning next season - fired 60, including seven boundaries, while there were valuable contributions from Stuart Crabtree (27), Toby Bulcock (27) and Matt Wilson (26) in their 186-6. Captain David Ormerod then took 5-49 and Shetty 3-35 as they got rid of the Burnley order cheaply.
Church were unlucky to suffer a narrow one run loss to Bacup.
The Lanehead side made 130 with Andy Bentley continuing his recent good form with the ball taking 6-82.
The top five Church batsmen made a steady progression but the lower order fell quickly to miss out by one run.
It will be the last chance for Church fans to see paid man Ruvin Peiris in action for them this weekend as he will leave at the end of the season.
20/20 champions Enfield enjoyed a good day with their 93-run victory over Lowerhouse. They must have feared the worst when they made just 141 with Adam Bracewell topscoring with 44.
But Lowerhouse could barely muster a fightback and Matloob Khan finished with 5-30 and pro Brandon Hiini 3-16 as it became a comfortable win for the Dill Hall Laners.
Rain meant there was no play on Sunday and now Rishton just have to keep calm in the final two games.
- CHURCH CC will be having their presentation night at the clubhouse on Sunday from 7.30-8pm. All juniors and supporters are welcome with free entry. The club will acknowledge Ruvin Peiris' four year service at Church while the Under 11s and Under 17s will celebrate their undefeated season and winning the league. There will also be the final grand draw for £1000.
- RISHTON are also having their presentation evening at their club on Sunday with disco and karaoke from 8pm.