THE pressure is on Rishton batsman Peter Sleep in the final weekend of the Lancashire League season as he looks to break the club's amateur batting record.
The former Australian Test player already holds the club's professional record, 1621, but he needs more than 46 against Rawtenstall on Sunday to overtake the 1069 set by Craig Smith in 1990.
"It would be a great achievement to hold both records," said Sleep, 48, who has 1023 league runs so far. "I will probably play the same way and whack it if I can but it will be far away from my mind once the game has started - I will just want to win the match.
"I was professional when Craig (Smith) was an amateur and he was a fantastic player for Rishton but records are there to be broken and I will be the first one to buy him a drink if I break his record."
The veteran would have hoped to do it last weekend but he was out for 16 as Rishton made 123 in a low scoring game against rivals Enfield on Sunday.
Michael Winkley made a career-best 40 and, while pro Kumar Dharmasena was out for a duck as he chases 47 for his league 1000, he made amends with the ball taking 5-28 as the Enfield batsman were found wanting and fell 16 runs short. It was Rishton's third successive win.
"I was out to a poor decision as I was given caught behind but I didn't touch it," said Sleep.
"There were four bad decisions for both sides but it could have gone either way. So it has put the pressure on a bit with one game left but I hope I can do it."
Sleep is currently pondering his future after originally saying he would play for a year at Blackburn Road as an amateur alongside his step-son Richard Rostron.
But he may be back next season to strike fear into the bowlers.
"I am going to Australia once the season has finished so will I see how the body is feeling and how I feel as a whole.
"I am still enjoying playing cricket at the moment. Richard has come on in leaps and bounds and that has been good to see," said Sleep after Rostron won the league's Under 23 player for July after two half centuries and a six wicket haul.
"And I am enjoying seeing the younger players coming through. Michael Winkley is improving all the time, he is an up and coming player and had a really good innings against Enfield as his 40 won us the game.
"And then there are Garth and Shaun Wyse who are both pretty good cricketers. Shaun needs to get a few more runs while Garth is a good bowler. It is good watching them develop."
Meanwhile, Church were also struggling with the runs against Haslingden despite 82 from pro Ruven Peiris - who took 25 off one Steve Dearden over.
No one else could support him as they fell 66 runs short. The Sri Lankan, though, will be pleased with his own contribution this season as he has 1389 runs in all competitions. Peiris could add to this as they face Haslingden again on Saturday on the third fixed date and travel to title winners Lowerhouse on Sunday.
And it was yet another bleak weekend for wooden spoonists Accrington who have had a season to forget. East Lancs put on a staggering 308 and Accrington were never in the hunt. They now need to beat Ramsbottom, who are battling for the runners-up spot on Sunday, to avoid 24 league losses in a season - a record they will share with Colne from 1991 and Rishton from 2003.
And Enfield finish their campaign with a game at Bacup - a win for them could see them overtake the Lanehead side and finish third off bottom.