ANDY Barker is still debating whether to bring to a close his 27-year cricket career at the end of this season - but Enfield winning the Lancashire League title would be a dream finale.
The 42-year-old has spent around 20 years of his cricketing life at Dill Hall Lane - with a spell at Accrington in between - and has finished runner-up in the league twice.
He is desperate for his side to win a trophy and Enfield are the surprise package of the season so far and currently top the table by ten points.
But they suffered a setback on Sunday when they slipped to a narrow loss to Colne - their first league defeat of the season.
"A lot of things were said in the dressing room after the game which will stay in the dressing room but it might have been a kick up the back-side we needed." admitted Barker.
"If anyone at the club was getting carried away - and I don't think they were - then this was a wake-up call.
"And a real test of a good team is if they bounce back after defeat and we will have to do that against Burnley on Sunday.
"We have had a good season so far but it is still early days. A lot of effort has gone in behind the scenes as captain David Bracewell has put in a lot of hard work and the professional, Alviro Petersen, and the coach have worked hard to galvanise the side and make us work as a team.
"Even though Bernard Reidy is my player of the season so far - he has played out of his skin since he returned to the club - it is not about outstanding individuals, it is about the team and all the players are working hard for each other. That is our work ethic.
"I have finished runner-up twice and I think the best chance we had to win the title was when Shane Lee was at the club (in 1997) and Bernard Reidy was younger then - he is, though, evergreen!
"But this could be my last season and to win a trophy would be a great way to end my career.
"We messed up in the Worsley Cup and are still in the Inter-League Trophy but winning the league would be the pinnacle."
The batsman knows, though, they face a testing July - especially as Petersen joins up with emerging South African squad and will miss a month.
"That will be a big test for us. Alviro going and who we get in will have a big say in whether we challenge for the title," he said. "But we have just got to keep going and ask questions of the other teams."
While they lost on Sunday, Enfield did win their match of the day on Saturday against Lowerhouse who were then second in the league.
Dill Hall Lane opener Sam Reidy is getting stronger with each game and hit a career-best 74 - including seven fours - ably supported by pro Petersen who amassed 76. Adam Bracewell chipped in with a stunning quick-fire 60 off 36 balls in their 279-6.
Lowerhouse looked dangerous with Charlie Cottam and pro Ryan Harris both celebrating half-centuries but they fell 76 runs short thanks to a great game from veteran Bernard Reidy who took five wickets to take his tally to 21 for the season.
On Sunday, they suffered the loss to Colne but David Bracewell's side are still the entertainers with the bat.
South African Petersen and Sam Reidy both repeated their big hits with half-centuries while Barker, Adam Bracewell and Craig Fergusson all chipped in, in the 248-7.
However Colne's pro Mahendra Nagamootoo is always a danger and he rattled off 105 before becoming one of Petersen's victims. In a tight finish, Colne collected the win with three balls and three wickets to spare.
Rishton only had one game over the weekend but they also managed to inflict defeat on defending champions Lowerhouse in another high-scoring game in soaring temperatures.
The Blackburn Road side had sub pro Arno Jacobs, from Central Lancashire League side Middleton, to thank for helping to steer them to victory after he hit 95, striking up a strong partnership with John Cordingley, who made 63. Jacobs certainly impressed the watching large crowd as he hit 15 fours and a six. Captain Peter Sleep (38 not out) and John Seedle (27 not out) played their part as they set Lowerhouse a target of 270.
It could have been easier for Rishton but they dropped a couple of catches as Chris Bleazard and Ryan Harris chipped away at the Rishton score.
Bleazard made 105 and Australian Harris 48 but, once Richard Rostron claimed their scalps, the run-rate became too much and Rishton won by 39 runs.
Accrington had a mixed weekend as Burnley once more proved their bogey team.
Despite 5-57 from Accrington pro Nishit Shetty, Burnley made 192 on Saturday. It was catchable but the usually prolific Shetty made just four and there were just two runs added from the last seven batsman as they collapsed to a 140-run loss.
However, they bounced back on Sunday thanks to an edge-of-the-seat seven run win over Nelson. Prolific bowler David Ormerod celebrated his 900th Lancashire League wicket after taking 6-59 to restrict Nelson to 127 in reply. Earlier Ormerod's side, who stood in for the absent skipper Matt Wilson, had made 134 with Shetty top scoring with 49.
It was a weekend to forget for Church who suffered a double defeat.
On Saturday they found Bacup's Chris Cairns in good form as he made an unbeaten 93 and took five wickets.
It did look like it could go Church's way as pro Ruven Peiris made 99 and Adam Greenwood 59 in their 224 all out.
But Cairns and Paul Carragher took them past the score with seven wickets in hand.
And the less said about Church's game against Todmorden on Sunday the better. Church made just 94 with Peiris top scoring with 22. Todmorden lost just one wicket in the chase and Church now prop up the table.
- RISHTON chairman Rod Simpson had told people to ignore England's World Cup opener on Saturday and watch their third team - and he might have been right.
748 runs were scored as Rishton hit a record 372-5 with Karl Andrews celebrating 112, Patrick Swanney 80 and Ben Bridson 68. But Rawtenstall also turned on the style and sealed a five wicket victory off the last ball.