BAXENDEN have an added incentive to win the Ramsbottom Cup this season - the final will be at Back Lane.
But, if they are to be in with a chance of cup glory, they will have to do it the hard way as they face holders Settle tomorrow (Sat) in the first round.
"We think we can be a decent cup side this season as I have six or seven bowlers I can turn to," said captain Mark Rishton.
"But it will be hard against Settle as they won't want to relinquish the cup easily. But if we play to our strengths like we did last week against one of the title favourites, Clitheroe, then I am sure we will do okay. And this year, we have an extra incentive in that the final is at our ground."
It has been a mixed start for Bash as they lost their first game against Whalley but bounced back against Clitheroe in the Ribblesdale League.
"I think we were caught cold in our first game but we bowled really well against Clitheroe to restrict them to 135 and then we managed to score the runs with eight down."
He admitted the pro Jonathan Fielding, who has taken six wickets so far, has made a difference.
"He is just full of enthusiasm and he has got everyone believing we can improve on last season. And our fielding has improved thanks to wicket keeper Andrew Caunce.
"He is a PE teacher and has us practising all the time and we didn't drop a catch against Clitheroe."
Harwood's league clash with Cherry Tree ended in a tie. Tree pro Zahoor Elahi made an unbeaten 103 and followed up with 8-56 while Harwood pro Gyan Pandey took three wickets and scored 53 to share the spoils.
Oswaldtwistle lost out to leaders Ribblesdale Wanderers. Gerard Metcalf took three wickets and pro Ahwar Saeed made 57 but they fell 20 runs short.