ENFIELD have called on the big guns for their Inter League Trophy final clash at East Lancs on Monday (1pm).
Kent star Martin van Jaarsveld will be their professional for the day after Alviro Petersen was recalled to South Africa last Monday.
And it promises to be a big-hitting affair with van Jaarsveld at the helm.
The 32-year-old South African played in the Lancashire League for Lowerhouse - breaking their club record with 1260 runs in 1999 - before spending three seasons at Dill Hall Lane.
In 2001, he got 1420 league runs; the year after it was 1179 before he amassed 1120 runs in his final season before moving onto county cricket with Northants and then onto current club Kent. And he has been a star for his county with 1,198 runs last year and 938 County Championships runs so far this season in 12 games with Kent in fifth place.
"His arrival has given the whole club a lift," said Enfield captain David Bracewell, with van Jaarsveld also his brother-in-law.
"We have tried to get him a few times when Alviro has been missing but it has always clashed with Kent games. But it has just happened that he is free on Monday so my mum is driving down to pick him up and then he has to return the day after so we hope it is a fine day!
"He has been doing well for Kent and was the leading run scorer last season.
"And when Martin played in the Lancashire League he always had a good record against East Lancs so I hope it continues and he can roll back the years!
"It is our first final since 1991 and it looks like it could be the last game in this competition as it may not continue next season so it will be nice to win a trophy - and keep hold of it."
There will be no special treatment though for Van Jaarsveld who will have to fit in with the Enfield batting order.
"He will bat third," said the skipper. "We are not disturbing Sam (Reidy) and Fergus (Craig Fergusson) as they have done really well opening for us this season. Sam made it to over 500 runs at the weekend so the two of them have had a great season."
East Lancs will also be desperate for the silverware as they have struggled in the league. Their pro is New Zealander Mark Orchard who has 365 runs and 35 wickets so far.
While winning on Monday is a priority, the Dill Hall Lane side have not given up in the race for the top spots in the league. They trail leaders Bacup by 19 points but there are still 60 points to play for.
"It is a bit disappointing as we have a weakened side tomorrow (Sat) and are scraping around for a professional," said Bracewell. "It is a big game for us as well as, if we can beat Lowerhouse and other teams lose, we could move into second place.
"On Sunday, we are back to full strength in our local derby with Accrington. We did beat them earlier on in the season and hopefully, we can stop Nishit Shetty getting the runs."
There are just five league games left this season with an intriguing battle at the top of the table. And East Lancs dented defending champions Lowerhouse's hopes of reclaiming the crown in the only game to be played on Saturday.
However, Sunday brought a mixture of pleasure and pain for the Hyndburn teams.
In the local derby between ACCRINGTON and CHURCH, the Thorneyholme Road side were the victors for the first time in five years.
It was the battle of the big hitters with Shetty up against Church paid man Ruven Peiris. And it was Accrington's Shetty who came out on top, becoming the first batsman to reach 1000 league runs this season thanks to a quick-fire 56 in their 193-6.
Shetty (6-54) and David Ormerod (4-65) then got to work with the ball with Peiris (59) and Phil Sykes (42) starting well before the wickets tumbled and they fell 33 runs short. Shetty now has 1044 league runs - 1256 in all matches - while Peiris has 957 - 1108 in all games. Accrington's club record is 1444 league runs while Peiris is looking to break his own target of 1295.
Church travel to leaders Bacup tomorrow and then have another local derby with Rishton on Sunday. Accrington are up against Burnley - who have Lancashire pace bowler James Anderson in their ranks as he recovers from injury - and then face Enfield.
Meanwhile, ENFIELD warmed up to their cup final with a 22-run victory over Todmorden. Opener Sam Reidy made 57 of their 151-8 while East Lancs sub pro Imran Tahir took 6-50.
Neil Holmes and Bernard Reidy then shared four wickets apiece with pro Petersen, in his last game, and skipper Bracewell grabbing the others in an important win which keeps Enfield in the top half of the table.
RISHTON lost out to East Lancs as David Pearson (94) and Phil Bolton (79) laid the foundations in East Lancs score of 198-4.
The Rishton openers fell cheaply and despite a battling unbeaten 56 by skipper Peter Sleep, it wasn't enough as they fell to a 63-run loss.