Two successive league defeats have seen BAXENDEN take a tumble from the top of the table and it means this weekend is massive for Ian Austin’s men.
Bash face a Padiham double - taking on the fifth placed side tomorrow in the league and then it’s the cup semi-final at the Arbories on Sunday as Bash defend the Ramsbottom Cup.
But there are certainly wobbles in the camp after last week’s league loss against Settle was followed by this weekend’s defeat to Whalley.
And there can be no complaints about their latest setback.
Kamram Younis (67) and Mark Fallon (87) provided the backbone of Whalley’s whopping 255.
Bash pro Baber Naeem hit 90 in Baxenden's reply but the home side still fell 60 runs short as no one, apart from Mark Rishton with 39, could support him.
It means Clitheroe occupy the top spot by one point in what is set up to be a nail-biting race for the league title.
OSWALDTWISTLE Immanuel pro Chris Cook-Martin is finding his form with the bat and is now the third top run scorer in the league.
The former Rawtenstall player has 446 runs after a stop-start beginning to his Immanuel career.
His latest 84-run knock proved vital against Earby in another tight win for Immanuel - just four runs - as Ossie moved up to sixth place in the league.
Cook-Martin took just 115 balls and hit an entertaining 15 boundaries and one six. He put on 120 with Oliver Clare for the first wicket, with Clare out four short of his half-ton.
The 189-6 was always going to be within Earby’s reach and they too had a good first wicket stand of 76.
But Immanuel bowlers Gerard Metcalf and Imran Abid kept chipping away and, with four needed, Metcalf took the two last wickets of Craddock and Reedy to make sure that Ossie sealed the win.
The Immanuel bowlers both notched four wickets each which means former captain Metcalf is on 35 so far this season and Abid is close behind on 32.
Stuart Maher took a five wicket haul to move GREAT HARWOOD up to third from bottom with only their fourth victory of what has been a turbulent season for the Cliffe Park side.
But this win would have been a good morale boost as they saw off title challengers Read.
Harwood must have wondered if 180 would be enough - although they had been 79-4 at one point. There were no big individual scores but most of the order played their part with Allan Armer top scoring with 35 and Paul Swanney next with 30.
And tight bowling then had Read reeling on 9-4 at one point thanks to pro Raouf Akbar and Maher.
Read moved on to 44-6 but were always struggling and it was a welcome victory for Harwood.