The only way is up for Earby on the eve of the new Ribblesdale League season.
The Applegarth side finished bottom of the pile last season after a forgettable campaign.
But skipper Matt Garner is confident of an improved showing this time around: “We can’t get any worse! We had an extremely poor year.
“We have a thriving junior section, and we’re waiting for that to bear fruit really.
“A couple of young lads had their first year of season cricket last year, Luke Hipgrave and Sam Parry, and that should do them good.
“And Matt Nutter has signed from Colne. He’s a good pal of mine and I managed to coax him back.
“He’ll be working away some of the time, but he’s a matchwinner on his day.
“And Richard Craddock has come out of retirement.
“Ryan Levy is the overseas amateur, we picked him up last Wednesday and he seems very keen. He was at the Dennis Lillee Bowling Academy as a junior, so the pedigree is there. Hopefully we’ll unearth a gem.”
Garner isn’t making any bold predictions, only to say: “We have to be more competitive in games, we lost too easily at times. With the bonus points available, even if you lose, if you are hard to beat, you can pick up a lot of points.
“Promotion is over-ambitious, from where we were last year, it would take a lot of hard work to get close.”