Nasser Hussain is certainly a name you would expect to win silverware in cricket – and Church’s version hopes he can lead his side to their first Worsley Cup success since 1974.
The 27-year-old was the man-of-the-match against Nelson on Sunday as his unbeaten 73 steered Church to a comfortable seven-wicket semi-final win.
And while he admitted he has got a bit of ribbing for his name in the past, he hopes it is again in the headlines when his side take on Ramsbottom at home on August 7 in the final showdown.
"When I was younger, starting out in cricket, I did get quite of bit of stick about my name but I think everyone in Lancashire League cricket has got used to it now," said Hussain.
"But it’s fantastic to help Church reach the cup final, we set ourselves massive standards and we haven’t always hit them in the league this season – although our defeats have been narrow ones – so to get to a cup final is fantastic.
"It’s great for the club, for our captain Craig Fergusson and for everyone connected with Church. It’s a huge chance for the club to make some money and it will be a big help financially.
"It is difficult to keep cricket clubs afloat nowadays and this is a massive boost for us. There should be a big crowd and I have no doubt that we will win.
"We can bat down all the way down the order and have six or seven good bowlers so I am confident."
Hussain, who came from Accrington to Church four years ago, won a place in the first XI after some stunning shows in the seconds.
The father-of-two broke the Church second XI record the season before last with more than 1,200 runs and kept calm in a pressure situation as his side chased 161 against Nelson on Sunday at a packed Blackburn Road.
"I don’t really feel the pressure and I wanted to go in and do my best," said Hussain. "We know we have a good team here with our pro Saeed Anwar and captain Craig Fergusson among others.
"They instil confidence into the team. We had changed the order after a collapse against Bacup on Saturday but it worked on Sunday which is great for the captain.
"We bowled well and Adam Greenwood batted well, the old Accrington connection with me, and this is now the pinnacle of my cricket career, getting Church to a final.
"We have had to rebuild this season after losing Sam Holt, Ryan North, Ammer Mirza and my brother Saggy Hussain went to Enfield in the winter, but we still have a lot of talent at the club and now we want to win the trophy."
The tie hinged on a decision that saw ill-fated former Church pro Luke Woodcock suffer once again in his series of final and semi-final nightmares, this time on the end of a decision which looked questionable.
Woodcock, who was at Church last season when they lost the Twenty20 final to Ramsbottom, was adjudged to have edged to wicket-keeper Sam Tucker off Levi Wolfenden.
Tucker appeared not to be certain there was an edge but Wolfenden was in no doubt and more importantly, umpire David Whitehead affirmed that there was, although the matter was confused when Mr Whitehead consulted the other umpire at square leg.
The upshot was an upraised finger again and a desolate Woodcock given out for just three.
"I did feel sorry for Luke as it was a disputed decision," continued Hussain.
"We got lucky really. I don’t know what would have happened if we hadn’t got him out as we know what he is capable of but it worked in our favour."
After that Nelson could only get to 161 with the talented Mo Jamil taking four wickets and former skipper Andy Bentley a vital three.
On a good strip it was always going to be a target within reach at home if Church got off to a solid start.
However it was soon in the balance at 22-2 as Wolfenden, struggling with a bad back, was out quickly and then skipper Fergusson was adjudged leg before. He was sent on his way with a verbal volley from opposing skipper Thomas Lord, who from then on got stick off the Church ‘barmy army.’
Lord dropped a hard chance to catch Hussain on two and, with Greenwood promoted to number three in a switch aimed at bolstering the middle order by slipping the professional down to five, found it difficult to juggle his bowlers to best effect.
Hussain and Greenwood built their partnership, which eventually added 90, before Greenwood was out for a solid 30 but it always looked comfortable for Church.
Hussain and pro Anwar could take their time in adding the required 50 runs until they decided to speed things up.
Hussain went to his 50 in 72 balls and, after being missed again at the wicket on 57, finally put Lord and co out of their misery with three boundaries off the first four balls of a Neil Thompson over, finishing on a match-winning 73 not out.
Anwar had signalled his intent by cracking 10 off the previous over from Richard Meade as the pair celebrated a final spot for Church.
What an occasion that promises to be as Fergusson’s Fledglings hope to emulate the Golden Boys of 1974, Jack Houldsworth and co, the last time Church hosted – and won – a Worsley Cup Final.