ANDY Bentley admitted there was singing in the shower as Church pro Luke Woodcock finally celebrated a big hit.
The New Zealander has had a torrid season so far - taking an age to come to Blackburn Road due to the new visa laws, and arriving once but being sent back.
And when he finally landed to start playing cricket in July, with 12 league games gone, Church were close to silverware on two fronts - in the semi-finals of the Twenty20 competition and the Worsley Cup.
But, of the six matches Woodcock has played in prior to last weekend, they have only yielded one win and the Blackburn Road side have exited both cup competitions and remained in mid-table in the league.
But Church are hoping Saturday was the turning point as Woodcock shone with the bat with an unbeaten 86 as they saw off rivals Enfield and moved up to sixth spot in the table.
"There was a huge sense of relief for Luke," said Church bowler Andy Bentley.
"There was plenty of smiles around and some singing in the shower after the game and a few beers.
"We knew it would come though. When Luke arrived, the two semi-finals were straight away and it is just a shame he hadn’t landed a couple of weeks before to really get into the groove.
"It was straight in at the deep end for him and we knew it would take a couple of weeks for him to get used to everything.
"He is agood player. He plays first class cricket back home and has played for New Zealand A side so we always knew he had it in him so it was a case of waiting for it to come out.
"We had only won one game since he arrived before last Saturday but hopefully now we can kick on."
Bentley himself is doing well with the ball and was above 1000 wicket man David Ormerod before last weekend’s games in the wickets taken for the season. Accrington captain Ormerod now has 47 but Bentley is chasing him on 43.
"I would never beat David Ormerod," said Bentley. "If I got 85 in a season, he would get 90 as he is an awesome player. I have games when I get one or two, like last weekend, but he always seems to get five or six when it counts.
"I never set my sights on beating Dibber but just beating my highest total. Last year I got 63 league wickets so I am aiming for that."
Instead it was captain Phil Gilrane who hit the headlines with the ball against Enfield, taking six wickets after Church had batted first.
They made 175-5 thanks to Woodcock although Enfield paid man Gary Brent took five wickets.
Andy Barker top scored with 34 for the Dill hall Lane side in reply as no one could get to grips with Gilrane and co.
"Gilly was brilliant at the weekend," continued Bentley. "We have got some quality bowlers now in Phil, Sam Holt and Levi Wolfenden, even though he is only 16.
"The pro bowls at my end so I have got to make sure I keep performing well to let me have a chance of bowling but I am pleased for Gilly.
"It is always nice to win a local derby too. Enfield are a good team and they are lads we have grown up with and playing against. Gary Brent is a really top professional and I am sure they will have a strong finish to the season."
And Church are hoping for the same although their run-in is tricky.
"We have 10 games left and I think six are against the top six teams.
"We have to play both Todmorden and Burnley twice as well as playing Accrington as well. I guess at least we will have a say in who wins the league.
"We are sixth and, if we could take six wins out of our last 10 games, that would put us on 14 wins for the season.
"The statto at our club Phil Sykes says Nelson finished third with 14 wins last season so that’s something to aim for.
"We just want to keep improving and hopefully, now Luke seems to have settled in and got used to everything, we can have a strong finish."
Defending champions ACCRINGTON will be hoping to get themselves back on track as they have lost three of their last five games.
But they did close the gap at the top on Haslingden to eight points although they have played a game more.
On Saturday, they lost to ever-improving Rawtenstall who, with Keith Roscoe back in the fold, have got themselves off the bottom of the table.
Bowler Roscoe, who retired last season but has returned for the last four games, took five wickets as Rawtenstall celebrated a two wicket win. Matt Wilson had top-scored with 49 for Accrington.
But Accrington bounced back the day after against local rivals Rishton in the only game to go ahead because of the weather - although it was reduced to 35 overs.
Graham Lloyd said he had been disappointed with his lack of big scores with the bat but he made an unbeaten 63 - only his second half century of the season - and he now has 455 runs in total this season.
Rishton sub pro Kudeshra Jayasinge had got a high of 41 as they set Accrington 126-6 with Jimmy Hayhurst claiming five victims.
There was a shaky start for Ormerod’s side before Lloyd got going with the bat. Shaun Hutchinson took five wickets for Rishton but it was a double loss weekend for them.
The day before, Rishton lost to league leaders Haslingden.
All-rounder Graham Knowles took four wickets and hit 57 in reply in Haslingden’s six wicket win. Sub pro Jon Clare top scored for Rishton with 49.