OSWALDTWISTLE Immanuel were tipped by a few punters to be a surprise package this season - and they are hoping they are now living up to those expectations.
They won just one of their first five league encounters and looked like they could struggle at the wrong end of the table after finishing bottom last time out.
But a win in the Rambottom Cup followed by a double header victory this weekend has propelled them into the top six - and they are now looking towards the top of the table.
"It is going well," said skipper Imran Abid, who is captaining the side for the first time this season.
"I am hoping things are going upwards and we are looking at improving our position now.
"I wasn’t happy at the start of the season when we lost the first game easily to Great Harwood.
"But since then we have picked up and I have been pleased with the way things have gone.
"I said to the lads it is really hard to be bottom of the table for half the season and then make a good run so it is important to get one or two wins early on and get some consistency and confidence.
"Now I hope we can carry it on. I have said before I do not think we have had a bad amateur side for the last few years but we have just been a young side.
"It seems to be coming together now and people are putting in performances and it is a real team effort.
"it is good to see us in the top half of the league and now we want to get into the top five."
This might be tricky this weekend as they take on the league leaders Baxenden - unbeaten in the league and already with a 12 point gap at the top of the table.
"I won’t sit here and say we will beat Baxenden as they are a really good side," said the Ossy skipper,
"But our ambition is to put in a couple of good performances against them and get close to them.
"They do though have to lose sometime this season and why can’t it be us?"
Ossy are in terrific bowling form with ex-captain Gerard Metcalf taking his tally to 19 wickets over the weekend thanks to three each in their wins over Barnoldswick and Whalley.
"I think not being the captain has taken the pressure off Gerard a bit and he seems to be enoying it more.
"And his son Andrew and Choppy (Alamgir Anwar) are getting a few wickets too.
"I had to take myself off on Sunday as I wasn’t doing well but it isn’t about personal performances - the team comes first and then personal performances are secondary."
While it was a comfortable six wicket win over Barnoldswick with Andrew Metcalf and Gerard taking three wickets each, Whalley went down to the final ball on Sunday with pro Andy Kerr top scoring with 59.
"That was a good game. We were struggling at 35-3 but then Andy (Kerr) and Oliver Clare put on 110 with some good running between the wickets.
"Olly made 46 but there was only one boundary in it as they picked up ones and twos and it worked for us.
"We are a young side and I think that should be one of our strengths as we are quick and agile.
"Hopefully we can run between the wickets quickly and save a few runs in the field and that will help us win more games."
BAXENDEN are still dominating at the top of the table after a double win weekend taking them into seventh heaven - seven league games, seven victories.
They saw off Blackburn Northern comfortably on Saturday with a six wicket win. And then they disposed of Barnoldswick with a 50-run victory on Sunday. Pro Baber Naeem made 63 but Mark Rishton (40) and Lewis McIntosh (46) made a vital contribution.
And defending champions GREAT HARWOOD won’t give up their title without a fight as they occupy third spot after they kept up the winning trend.
Their first win was over Earby as they were chasing 137 with pro Rafi Akbar taking four wickets.
It was a shaky start with Harwood 0-1 and then 3-2 but skipper Russell Whalley then continued his form with the bat hitting an unbeaten 77 - with five fours and seven sixes - and pro Akbar then showed his value with the bat making 58 in their eight wicket win.
And the paid man continued to put on a five star show on Sunday when he took 5-79 with Stuart Maher getting 5-42 to skittle Edenfield out for 164, chasing 186-5.