Oswaldtwistle Immanuel captain Nick Payne admitted it was a ‘huge relief’ after they chalked up their first Houldsworth Ribblesdale League win.
Payne said: "I thought it was going to be one of those seasons where we were never going to win a league game. The longer it goes on, the more you worry so to say it was a relief to finally get a league win is an understatement."
The fact it was against in-form pro Michael Erlank and his Ribblesdale Wanderers side also made it something to be celebrated.
"He is special, you just have to watch him to see that," said Payne. Luckily he had some special players of his own as openers. Oliver Jones and Chris Cook-Martin put on 93 for the first wicket before the pro went for 45.
They lost three wickets on 127 but a late 21 from veteran Gerard Metcalf proved vital as they took the score to 169.
In reply the first wicket to go was the prize one of paid man Erlank, Neil Weaver getting the better of him afterhe made 10 in seven balls.
Wanderers went from 18-1 to 81-6 with wickets falling regularly shared between Stephen Sipocz and Metcalf.
Mick Clarkson threatened a late rally with 37 in 42 balls but Weaver got rid of him and Immanuel clinched a 30-run win.
"It was definitely celebrated – by me and the pro anyway," continued the captain. "Chris week in, week out does the business. He may not be from Ossy but he is Ossy through and through.
"And Gerard is a wily old fox. He has been captain and we needed an old head to steady the ship further down the order and he did just that.
"Then when their pro comes in and he hits Neil Weaver for a six you begin to think it’s not one of your days so it was massive to get him out.
"Ribblesdale do have a good battling line-up who are capable but we bowled well and, despite a late rally by them and a wobble by us, we saw it through – at last!"
Experienced heads Weaver and Jon Baldwin both came to New Lane this season and Payne continued: "They have been vital signings for us.
"They have done really well and, whereas last season we had been well beaten at this stage, in most games this season we have take a few teams close, it just hasn’t gone our way."
Not that it gets any easier for Immanuel as they now face table topping Barnoldswick, unbeaten this season.
"Easy eh?!" joked Payne. "It says a lot about their team that they are winning and one of the top amateur batsmen in the league, Matthew Nutter, is not scoring runs for them.
"They lost in the Lancashire Knock-out last week and you have to hope they suffer some effects from that.
"We had got on a losing habit as they are on a winning one and you do forget what it’s like to actually win a game. But the table is still close and a few wins could take us up there.
"And we face Edenfield in the second round of the Ramsbottom Cup at home the weekend after this so there is still plenty to play for and this will give us a massive lift."
Baxenden will be hoping Ossy do them a favour by seeing off Barlick as Bash lead the pursuit for the top spot.
And they produced one of their best batting displays of the season against Earby and will be looking to continue this rich vein of form.
Bash pro Kamran Younis hit 184 from 119 balls with 16 fours and nine sixes.
He put on 157 for first wicket with Callum Waddington and, at 250-2, they were always in charge.
Former captain Mark Rishton chipped in with an unbeaten 59 from 56 balls.
Earby were always in trouble with the loss of early wickets as they slumped to 15-4 which soon turned to 77-8. Kurt Smithson took five wickets as Earby were all out for 112.
Great Harwood returned to Cliffe Park for the first time this season after delayed work on their ground – and celebrated a victory.
They saw off Salesbury with pro Syed Shahabuddin nicking a 50 and Stephen Wright 35 in their 193 all out.
The wickets were then shared as Shahabuddin, Ben Dowling and Mohammad Shahbaz took three each in their 66-run win.