IN THE Ribblesdale League, Great Harwood's Andy Crook wanted to sign off in style with a trophy.
The Australian - who earned a contract at Lancashire for next year - did break the club batting record with 1259 league runs but unfortunately the silverware eluded him.
In the 2003 season, Harwood had been runners-up in the league and beaten finalists in the cup and Australian Crook was determined that their Ramsbottom Cup final against Settle would lead to him finishing on a high.
But captain Russell Whalley admitted it was a "bad day all round" as they made just 95 - and Settle won the trophy easily.
It was such a shame after their exploits in the semi-final where the saw off holders Read - and Crook hit a stunning 109.
"That was great," said Whalley before it turned sour in the final.
And Harwood had to settle for third spot in the league but knew their title hopes were over before the season had hardly begun.
Despite two wins in their opening two games - including one win where Whalley smashed a six through teammate Matt Houldsworth's car window and another where bowler Stuart Maher took a hat-trick - they then stuttered and Settle and Read charged away to make it a two horse race for the tittle early on.
But the Harwood lads did claim one record - their 333-4 against Padiham in June meant they took the Ribblesdale League senior record off Cherry Tree.
"We are always glad to rewrite the record books," said Whalley, who got 80 while Crook got 126 and Paul Houldsworth celebrated a half century.
And Oswaldtwistle Immanuel were celebrating a successful season. They had Indian pro Raja Ali, who has re-signed, among their ranks. He did arrive late after work permit delays but made a valuable contribution as Immanuel finished eighth - their highest place since they joined the senior league 11 years ago.
Captain Gerald Metcalf got a career-best 55 wickets, his son Andrew claimed 50 scalps while 17-year-old Chris Burton broke the club's amateur batting record with an unbeaten 114.
Baxenden, meanwhile, will be rebuilding this season after a hard campaign. They had two captains in Kevin Jelley and Dave Usher and, although pro Jon Harvey enjoyed some good scores with the bat and ball, they decided to release him at the end of the season. The Back Lane side finished 11th and will be looking for an improvement next summer.