IT IS back to basics at Rishton as skipper Scott Greaves aims to get his side's fielding up to scratch.
The captain admitted his team's catching and throwing were "shocking" at the weekend and that made a big contribution to their double loss.
"We haven't really had a fielding coach at Rishton over the last few years but we now have Peter Sleep and professional Kumar Dharmasena and they have both got plenty of experience," said Greaves.
"We will be practising hard all week on that as it let us down badly over the weekend. It was shocking.
"We do go into every game believing we can win and I have been pleased with the batting and bowling - so if we can get the fielding up to scratch we will be okay."
Rishton felt they should have seen off Ramsbottom on Saturday. They were chasing a reasonable target of 148 thanks to Greaves' 4-27 and pro Dharmesena's 3-42.
But Ramsbottom's sub pro Aaron Nye took 6-59 as Rishton were skittled out for 111 with Greaves putting on a late charge of 29 to give them just a glimmer of hope before he became one of Nye's victims.
The following day, Rishton came up against Colne big hitter Paul Wilson who played one of the innings of his life.
He hit 150 - and lost three balls at Blackburn Road in the process - as he rewrote the Colne record books with the highest amateur score.
It was a tough ask with Rishton chasing 270 although they made a good fist of it thanks to 93 from Dharmasena - who treated the watching crowd to a couple of sixes - and a steady 51 from Peter Sleep. But they could only make 199-6 as their overs ran out.
"I was glad we batted through the 50 overs and we looked pretty solid. On another day that score would win," said the captain.
It was also back to the drawing board for Enfield. They lost by five wickets to champions Haslingden on Saturday who have ominously raced to the top of the league.
Adam Bracewell top scored with 44 in their 156 all out but Haslingden managed to reach the total comfortably.
On Sunday, Enfield would have fancied their chances as Lowerhouse made 180 all out - and this was largely thanks to a solo show by veteran Pankoj Tripathi who hit a stunning 109 which included 17 fours.
But Enfield struggled in reply and were undone by Lowerhouse pro Andrew McDonald who took 8-11 to make it a bleak weekend for Enfield without pro Alviro Petersen. The South African is due, though, to arrive in England today after hitting an unbeaten 78 in the Titans 20/20 Cup final.
And Accrington didn't fare much better as they slipped to a double loss. They came up against in-form Colne on Saturday whose pro Mahendra Nagamootoo is proving a tricky customer.
The West Indian took 5-71 as Accrington made 133 and were hampered by a knee injury to their paid man Tama Canning. Then Nagamootoo made an unbeaten 52 as the Thorneyholme Road attack couldn't move him.
And Accrington had to do without New Zealander Canning on Sunday calling on Ian Mitchell from Edenfield against Burnley. He did make a big contribution as he hit 51 of their 116 with Matt Wilson making 30. But they were undone by former Baxenden pro Jon Harvey who took 5-16.
Sub pro Mitchell then claimed 5-23 to make Burnley suffer a little bit but they managed a two wicket win.
So the only local team to be smiling were double winning Church. They have started the season where they left off the last campaign with the winning mentality.
Phil Sykes said it would be tough against Nelson but Mark Aspin got his season off to a high with 54 thanks to seven fours and two sixes. Church made 141 but were wobbling as opener Joe Scuderi helped Nelson to 1-37.
But then pro Ruven Peiris got rid of former Seedhill pro Scuderi and Andy Bentley saw off current Nelson paid man Nathan Hauritz while Nick Westwell then claimed 5-57 and Nelson fell 20 runs short.
And Church were celebrating again on Sunday with a more comfortable win at Bacup, who won the title three times in a row not so long ago.
They, though, are now rooted to the foot of the table after Peiris starred with the bat, hitting 71 while Alec Holt celebrated a half ton in their 204-6.
Westwell and Bentley once more came up with the goods with the ball as Bacup struggled to 19-4. The Lanehead side enjoyed a revival but ended up 122 all out.
"I thought they were going to hang around at the end but then they decided to go for a few runs which helped us get them out," admitted Peiris.
FORMER Enfield pro Martin van Jaarsveld became the first player to hit a century in each innings on his debut for Kent last week.