ASTWOOD Bank head into the final six games of the season still looking up rather than down.
Saturday's comfortable seven wicket victory over bottom side Penn means Bank are still looking for a mid-table finish in the Birmingham and District League Division Three.
With four teams going down, any team in the bottom half of the table could still suffer relegation but Astwood go into the last matches, which are played in the one day international format, in confident mood.
They tackle Bridgnorth away on Saturday (noon start) with bowler Dan Thomas the only absence.
At the start of the season, newly-promoted Bank struggled with the win or lose system but captain Steve Adshead believes his side are better equipped for it.
He said: "At the start of the season the pitches can be a bit long and if you lose the toss you can be in trouble.
"By now the pitches are in a much better shape but we've also learned a lot about the league.
"Teams often have one or two quality bowlers but also players who you can score runs against and certainly at the start of the season we focused too much on them former rather than the latter.
"But since then we've got some results and grew in confidence.
"We're still looking up rather than down although the season it's going to be a tight at the end of the season."
Astwood are fifth from bottom in the league, just eight points ahead of Millford Hall, but the picked up an important 24 points by seeing off Penn.
Dan Taylor (4-28) was Bank's most effective wicket-taker as Penn were dismissed for 109 in 38 overs.
Despite the early loss off Adshead (1), Bank made 112-3 in reply, with Brandon Miller hitting 37 runs.
"The bowlers were good again and they put us in a good position," said Adshead.
"It was good to see Brandon score some runs, in the last few weeks he and Sam Thomas have worked their way to some form."