Leyland CC professional Brett Pelser says he has yet to reproduce the form of last season when he played a pivotal role in the Fox Lane side winning the league.
The South-African all-rounder hit 85 against Carnforth, and took 3-44 as the home side took four points from their winning draw.
The 26-year-old said: “It was one of those days, but I would have sacrificed my innings just for us to win.
“I thought we played some positive cricket, and that was something we can take from the game.
“We have not played as well as last year and not to our full potential, but we are still second in the league.
“I think we are in a good position to put pressure on St Annes at the top.
“There is still a long way to go, and we might have to do it differently to last year when we dominated the whole way.”
Pelser admitted it has taken him a while to adapt back to life in the Northern Hemisphere and the cricketing conditions.
He said: “I finished over in South Africa in a Twenty20 competition on the Sunday, and on the next Saturday I was playing for Leyland.
“I have done well to get scores in the 20s and 30s, but let my wicket go when I was trying to set for a big score.
“Saturday was a great performance and it will give me a bit of confidence that I can go to score runs. I hope I can help the club to big totals.”
After winning the Northern League last season, Pelser has been impressed by their attitude this season.
“They have not rested on the laurels and they have worked hard on their game during the winter.
“We are not happy with mediocrity.
“They analyse what they were doing wrong or how we could have improved.”