DETERMINATION to finally get a match on didn't pay off for Oswaldtwistle Immanuel in Saturday's local derby with Baxenden.
Several of the club officials worked on the ground from 9.30am on Saturday, battling against the elements after struggling to get a game on in the last few weeks due to the wet weather.
But the damp, miserable day ended up even worse for Immanuel as they finished on the losing side.
"We were up all morning mopping up the field trying to get the game on," said Ossie skipper Gerard Metcalf.
"If it had been a rock hard summer and the pitch was as it was on Saturday we probably wouldn't have bothered but we all just wanted a game of cricket.
"Everyone is cheesed off with the weather as you want to be playing and not sitting around in dressing rooms.
" And when you do get out it is on poor wickets with low scoring games.
"We were determined to get a game on but we ended up walking off with a point less than if we hadn't played."
Table topping Baxenden would have been a big scalp for Immanuel and they were chasing 142 on the soggy ground.
Imran Abid took three wickets to take his tally to 27 for the season and skipper Metcalf admitted he had been a top find for the New Lane club.
"We got him from Enfield and he has been a good signing. He is a quality bowler and a good fielder and is a good addition."
But, despite the opening six all getting into double figures, the lower order fell apart to leave Oswaldtwistle still struggling near the bottom of the pack.
"We just needed someone near the bottom to get into the 30s and we would have won that game - we were in front on the run rate, we could have got five bonus points or even won it and we only have ourselves to blame.
"I am happy with our bowling and I think we are one of the best fielding sides in the league as we have a young side and have strength in depth.
"But what we are lacking is quality in our amateur batting line-up and that is the difference between us being a bottom side or a mid-table side.
"We need someone who can get 600 runs every year and we haven't got that at the moment.
"Hopefully one of the young lads in the side will develop into one of them. There are two ways to improve - get better players or get players better and we are dependent on the last one."
But they will be looking to turn on the style this weekend as they have already got one over local rivals Great Harwood this season.
Ossie pulled off a shock three-wicket win over one of the title favourites in the second game of the season.
"This will be a different kettle of fish," said a cautious Metcalf. "They had a sub pro and we did too so tomorrow promises to be a different game.
"And then, of course, we are dependent on the weather - again."
Baxenden's win - thanks to pro Jonathan Fielding's 6-45 - coupled with a Padiham defeat leapt the Back Lane club back to the top of the table and they will be hoping to extend their two point gap when they face bottom club Barnoldswick tomorrow.
The two also clash in the already delayed Rambottom Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.
And Great Harwood had to hold their nerve in a close encounter with Edenfield at the weekend.
Allan Armer made 88 in 78 balls with four boundaries and six sixes as Harwood made 177-9 in their 39-over game.
Edenfield looked on course for a victory at 162-6 but pro Baber Naeem fell for 105 and Edenfield's lower order were skittled out just three runs short of the target to keep Harwood in title contention.
After Oswaldtwistle tomorrow, they hope to secure a semi-final berth but have a tough task as they have to see off second placed Blackburn Northern in the cup on Sunday.