SAEED Anwar Junior admits he can't believe Rishton's lightning start to the Lancashire League season.
The paid man is in his first campaign with Blackburn Road club and they sit at the top of the table and have reached the semi-finals of the league's 20/20 competition.
The holders managed to retain their interest in the quick-fire competition when they pulled off a battling victory against East Lancs last Friday to set up a mouthwatering tie with neighbours Enfield tonight (weather permitting).
Rishton finished as the best runners-up on run-rate of the three groups despite, at 100-8 chasing 142, looking down and out on Friday.
But a ninth wicket stand of 42 from Andy Bartley and Garth Wyse got them through with one ball remaining.
And the Pakistan pro is confident they can now get this trophy in the bag - before they fully focus on their league campaign.
"I think we can make the final," said Anwar, who has got 596 runs so far with a high of 101 and 44 wickets.
"It is a local derby with Enfield and everyone is really pumped up for that one.
"We really want to win it and we can't wait."
Haslingden and last season's finalists Burnley will battle it out in the other semi-final for the right to play a Hyndburn club.
But while it is full steam ahead for the 20/20 competition, Anwar has a more relaxed air about him for their league campaign.
He has been there and seen it before in the Central Lancashire League with Royton and Crompton so he refuses to get carried away.
"I am really enjoying it all at Rishton at the moment," said the 28-year-old.
"It has been great. There were no real expectations for us to be the top of the league at this stage and I guess we have raised the expectations now.
"People are starting to think we can make it and win the league but I am keen to just take it game by game and not look too far ahead.
"All I am thinking about is this weekend's games and nothing further on.
"There are still a lot of games to be played, a lot of good teams in this league and we just have to stay positive and work hard.
"I am not feeling any pressure. We are playing good cricket and we are positive and everyone is chipping in which is making the difference."
And the opening left handed batsman intends to also build on his own shows. "So far I have been happywith my performances - I have been really satisfied.
"I could perhaps do a bit more with the bat but it has been a good season so far.
"It is a good experience for me personally as I have never played in this league before.
"I played for five seasons in the Central Lancashire League and that was competitive but I think the Lancashire League is more organised."
Anwar is one of just a few professionals who arrived for the start of the season and says having his family here has helped him in his switch to East Lancashire.
"There are a few Pakistan players at other clubs and we keep in touch and I have my family over here," he said.
"I have one little kid who is two and a half and we are really enjoying everything and are having a good time. It all helps."
There was no play at all this weekend with Saturday's league fixtures washed out - and, after a meeting of the League Executive, they decided to play these again on the fourth fixed date of September 1.
It means last week's games, which were also abandoned and orginally scheduled for September 1, will be played on July 14 which was a free date.
Enfield chairman Geoff Dixon admitted the club were debating putting a letter of protest into the league about their free date being replaced with a fixture.
"All the clubs voted at the meeting and we voted against it. I think it was 8-5 to play," said the chairman.
"A free date is a free date and we are reliant on volunteers, such as the tea ladies and the scorers, and they have booked things for that day thinking there was nothing on.
"There are already five fixed dates in the calendar.
"Even though we will be at home to Accrington, we are against it and we are considering a letter of protest."