IT'S all smiles at Baxenden after they sealed third place in the Ribblesdale League - their highest finish since 2001.
It is a marked improvement from the last campaign where Bash finished ninth and the addition of, among others, pro Jonathan Fielding and some strong performances from their younger members have turned it into an impressive season.
"We targeted the top four so anything after that was a bonus so to finish third on the last day, it has been an all-round good season," said captain Mark Rishton.
"At the start of the season, we knew we had the players to do it but it was whether we would.
"But the team spirit has been great. We had to work hard at it at first as there were some new faces in Andrew Caunce and Dave Parkinson, from the Bolton Leagues, and we lost the two Ushers, Dave and Pete, but the ones who have come in have really done their jobs.
"Callum Waddington, who is 19, has got 500 runs and done better than he did last season while Gary Sudworth has come in and got 20-odd wickets. They have taken responsibility.
"We have managed to chase big totals and done well."
Paid man Fielding, a former Ribblesdale League title winner with Clitheroe, has re-signed for next season and they are expecting even bigger things from him. He chalked up 498 runs this season and 68 wickets - including seven in the final day victory over Ribblesdale Wanderers.
The captain continued: "Jonathan is a bit disappointed with his runs and I don't listen to him telling us how many wickets he has as he always gets it wrong!
"But it is great as we are in the top four and in the Lancashire Cup for the first time in quite a few years.
"And we hope, with the addition of a bowler, that we can challenge Clitheroe for the top spot next season."