GARY Brent admits he is still pinching himself after seeing Enfield hit joint top of the table.
The Zimbabwean has helped to guide the Dill Hall Laners to hold the lead with Accrington, despite being their professional from a distance as he works in a rugby school in Warwickshire.
He can’t play all the games for Enfield - and Saturdays during term times are impossible - but his team are carrying on the good form in his absence.
"We just don’t want to wake up at the moment and are over the moon," said Brent, with Enfield last winning the league title in 1977.
"We are not getting too carried away as historically, apparently, we usually fall away around this time but we are keen to keep there.
"It is difficult travelling every weekend and, when I am not playing, it does feel disjointed.
"All I can think about is what the result is and I am texting or on the internet to get the result as soon as possible.
"If we lose, I feel like kicking something but luckily it has not happened too often this season.
"And that means the travelling is well worth it as I am loving my cricket and it always helps when you are doing well."
And Brent admits the Enfield-Accrington rivalry - heightened by them both being at the top - is a big spur as they look to take the title off the Thorneyholme Road team.
"What I love about the Lancashire League is the rivalry," said the paid man, who joined Enfield midway through last season.
"I love playing Accrington - it’s my favourite game. They have a great team and the atmosphere is really good.
"One of the first things I noticed about the Lancashire League was the rivalries and it makes me more competitive and helps my game."
Enfield chalked up their seventh successive league win with victory over local rivals Rishton on Sunday.
Adam Bracewell took four wickets as Rishton were out for 134 with Tiarnan Hamill top-scoring with 38.
Veteran Mas Ahmed made a half-ton to help Enfield pass the target while Rishton pro Aaron Heal took three wickets but it wasn’t enough.
"I have not been as happy with my own performances and have not played particulary well but it shows what a good bunch of amateurs we have at the club," continued Brent.
"Mas Ahmed is again solid at the top while teenagers Hassan Fazal and his brother Asif are only young but have come in and immediately made an impression.
"Sometimes it takes a couple of games but they have got vital wickets or vital runs in games and I am sure both will secure a regular place in the side.
"Then there is Andy Barker and to get past 10,000 runs in the Lancashire League shows what a good cricketer he is.
"Andy is such a big part of the side with his experience and he does a lot of talking. He is also not afraid to say what he thinks which I love.
"Adam Bracewell has also stepped up this season.
"I think last season, when we finished fourth, it was our bowling which was strong and our batting which was weak but it has turned around now as we haven’t got any bowling points.
"Adam has got pace and is strong with the bat and picked up four wickets at the weekend too.
"He has certainly improved since I have been at the club and I think he will be a formidable bowler.
"Then there is the David Bracewell. He commands everyone’s respect and is a great captain."
Enfield have been using sub pro Theo Doropoulos regularly when Brent has been unavailable but the Australian has soon to return home.
It may be a good thing for Brent as, with Enfield in the quarter-finals of the Worsley Cup and most games played on Saturday, he would have felt obliged to take a step back if his side did reach the final.
"I would have had to let Theo play as he would have played most of the cup games and he has been wonderful in my absence - there is a friendly competion between us!
"I would have watched the final but would be thinking ‘That should have been me!’"
There is, though, still a way to go in the competition with Enfield facing Todmorden tomorrow as their second round game fell foul of the weather last Saturday.
"We want to go as far as we can in the cup and keep our league form going. Like I say, I don’t want to wake up at the moment!" added Brent.
Enfield were able to go joint top as ACCRINGTON lost to East Lancashire on Sunday.
Brendan Nash’s 120 was always going to make it a hard task for Accrington, chasing 259.
They put up a fight thanks to Stuart Crabtree’s 55 but fell 38 runs short.