IAN Austin admitted it was "job well done" as he looked back over Baxenden’s double winning season.
The ex-Lancashire all-rounder captained the Back Lane side to the Ribblesdale League and Ramsbottom Cup double and, although wondering whether to put his 43-year-old body through another season, he thinks he will next year.
"We set ourselves a target at the start of the year and we have achieved it," said Austin.
"We missed out on the Twenty20 but we will give Great Harwood that as we won the two big cups.
"It’s been a fantastic season as everyone has chipped in and won at least one game during the season.
"I would like to think we can keep more-or-less the same side next season with Bobby (pro Baber Naeem) coming back.
"At the end of every season, it is a relief for me but then after the break I feel refreshed again although I will wait and see - I won’t say I will be back yet!
"I predicted at the start of the season that Harwood would be up there challenging and I expect them to be strong again next year.
"I also thought Read and Padiham would be in the top four and it’s proved right.
"My tip for an outside bet was Clitheroe and I know they will be massively disappointed with their season.
"But I believe they have already made moves to strengthen their side so they will be looking to fire on all cylinders next season.
"We are there to be shot at now so it’s a huge test for us to defend our title."
GREAT Harwood got the runners-up spot and their skipper Russell Whalley said he would be happy with that and the Twenty20 after a season hampered with player absences.
They have pro Raouf Akbar back next season and, after finishing the season with 78 wickets, they will be hoping for bigger things from him next summer as they look to reclaim their title
OSWALDTWISTLE IMMANUEL were perhaps the surprise package of the season as, after years of struggling at the wrong end of the table, they finished their campaign in sixth place.
And, but for eight abandonments, it could have been a lot higher.
The Metcalfs starred for them. Bowler Gerard Metcalf finished with 56 wickets - just two outside his best with the abandonments hampering his quest to reach the magic 60.
And eldest son Andrew wasn’t far behind with 50 league scalps.
Opening batsman teenager Daniel Metcalf got 555 runs for the season - more than pro Andy Kerr who got 469 - to make it a successful season for the Metcalf family.
Professional Kerr, who came from Bolton League side Greenmount two years ago, will not be returning to New Lane next season.
"Andy has probably not got as many runs as he would have liked over the two years but he has done everything we have asked of him as a pro and it is a team game after all," said Gerard Metcalf.
"He always gave 100 per cent, he was reliable and did his duties and it shows that he came to us when we were bottom of the league and left when we are sixth so he has played a part in our development.
"This has been our best ever season in terms of the number of defeats we have had - only seven.
"We finished sixth in 2004 when Raja Ali was our pro but there were a lot more no results.
"We had the same number of wins but this season we have had fewer losses and the only disappointment is that we have had more abandonments than anyone else, like we did last year."
He continued: "I am pleased with my performance and for one son to get 50 wickets and for another to get over 500 runs it is all you can ask and I am pleased for them.
"But it’s not just about us as all the amateurs have played their part.
"Alamgir Anwar came to us this season and has made a big difference to our bowling attack. He has been consistent with the ball and has helped Andrew and also contributed with the bat with a couple of big hits.
"And our captain Ibby (Imran Abid) has been strong in the second half of the season.
"We have had a good amateur bowling attack and that’s what’s helped us into the top half of the table."