Ammer Mirza has rewritten the Church record books - and admitted he never dreamt he could achieve such a feat.
The opening batsmen has been a huge find at West End since joining at the start of the season and has been closing in on Alec Holt’s 781 runs 1995 amateur record in the past few games.
And this weekend he bypassed the tally and now stands with a proud 784 after his Sunday knock.
Mirza gave a little jig while his team-mates, up on the balcony at Haslingden, gave a big cheer for the 20-year-old when he got the record-breaking runs.
Mirza admitted: "I couldn’t have felt any better as I had never even thought about beating a record, especially not one set by Alec Holt as I have heard he was a great batsman for Church.
"This means a lot to me as all I wanted to do when I came to Church at the start of the season was fit in and enjoy my cricket.
"My only focus was to be able to show my ability and prove that I was a good addition to the team - records never crossed my mind.
"But it was at a training session before the Nelson game late in July when I was told what the record was - and then I knew what I had to do.
"Everyone, though, has helped me throughout the season and have given me the inspiration to do my best.
"The training facilities have been a great asset and I have had the help and coaching I needed to make my game better. I am also thankful to my coach Mark Aspin and captain Andrew Bentley for believing in me."
Mirza was an unknown when he came to the Lancashire League at the start of the season, signing up from Blackburn Northern in the Ribblesdale League.
He said: "The Ribblesdale League was a good standard and I do not regret starting in that league because it gave me opportunities. I am now able to play my cricket with confidence and it also have made me the player I am today. The Lancashire League has been a real test for me but I have enjoyed it in many ways."
It was agony on Saturday for Mirza as, with the record looming needing 56 runs going into the weekend, the opener scored just one against Accrington in the local derby.
Instead it was pro Luke Woodcock, in his first game back since missing a month with the New Zealand A team, whose 66 was the defining moment of their 137.
Accrington, not for the first time this season, struggled with the bat and made just 83 for Church to win by 54 runs.
¿But Andy Bentley’s side dropped down a place to fifth on Sunday on the record breaking day at Haslingden.
Mirza’s 58 was was one of the shining lights but Haslingden’s stalwart Steve Dearden took three wickets to also break Haslingden’s 1908 record of 72 wickets in a season. Woodcock kept it tight with three wickets and Haslingden needed 22 off the final two overs but managed to do it with three sixes to keep their faint title hopes alive.
RISHTON had a weekend to forget. They lost to Rawtenstall by a dismal 116 runs as no one got going with the bat and they made just 83. The only high point was pro Andrea Agathagelou taking his 50th wicket.
On Sunday, though it got better as their sub pro Brenton Parchment almost stopped champions elect Ramsbottom from chalking up a 14th straight win.
Against his former club, standing in for Agathagelou who was on Lancashire second XI duty, Parchment took nine wickets. But in another record breaking game, Rams captain Jon Fielding passed 100 wickets for the season - the first player since Bacup’s Adam Dale in 2000 to do this - to put his side in line for the title.
ENFIELD also suffered a double loss weekend in a season which, after early promise, has fallen away for them.
¿Liam Jackson did pass 500 runs for the season with 42 while he was supported by pro Adam Bracewell in their 147. But, in a rain affected game, they were unlucky to lose on faster scoring rate to Nelson.
On Sunday they had no one to blame but themselves against Todmorden as only two players - Asif Fazal (42) and Jackson (11) - made it into double figures in a five wicket loss.
And Accrington’s season is not getting any better as they lost to Colne on Sunday by 19 runs. Jeff Ellis’s 79 was the mainstay of Colne’s innings although David Ormerod’s six wickets took him to 49 for the season. But, despite a seventh wicket stand of 84 from Graham Lloyd (48) and Mitch Taylor (33), they fell short.
Defending champions Accrington may have to watch Ramsbottom take their title off them as they meet at Acrebottom on Sunday with the Rams needing nine points to clinch the league title.