IT COULD be make or break for Church this weekend in their quest to win their first Musbury Fabrics Lancashire League title since 1962.
After a double win weekend, they face main challengers and second placed Haslingden on Sunday, with a nine point gap.
However, Haslingden could be top by Saturday night as they play tomorrow in their game in hand at Todmorden.
There are just three matches left for Church and, after Haslingden, they face Lowerhouse and Rawtenstall in their final games.
"It is delicately balanced," said captain Phil Sykes. "On Saturday night Haslingden could be top and we can't do anything about that. We have just got to keep trying our best every game and concentrate on our own games. We have a difficult run in as we face the top three but we will try and keep going."
One man who is showing no intention of stopping is Church pro Ruven Peiris. He has 1160 league runs now and needs just 91 to break the club record of 1250 set in 1992.
He got a 53 and an unbeaten 136 in a good weekend for the Blackburn Roaders. Sykes has now got 640 runs and Mark Aspin 603 with Nicky Westwell on 62 league wickets and Andy Bentley on 44.
"I don't think I can remember when we have had two amateurs with more than 600 runs each," said Church's league representative Jack Houldsworth.
And Church now have 15 victories - equalling the number of wins they had when they won the league in 1939. Their best ever is 17 wins. But, whatever happens, Church are in line for their best finish since 1962. Since then, they haven't finished higher than fourth place.
- ACCRINGTON pro Tama Canning plays his last game for the club on Saturday at home to Lowerhouse before he links up with the New Zealand A team.
He has 910 league runs for the season so he will be eager to get a big score and take him past the 1000 mark. The 27-year-old has 55 wickets this season and the club are hoping he will return next season.
Meanwhile, Enfield's Alviro Petersen has 971 league runs so far this campaign - and tops the overall runs scored with 1404 in all competitions.