Sticking to the formula of recent weeks, you might think, should put Clitheroe on the right track.
The only trouble is, Bishop doesn't know what the formula is.
``I just don't know, I really don't,'' said Bishop.
``There's a confidence there, a belief in our ability.
``But I don't know why that is.
``I think with the pro having had a good season last season, everyone has confidence in him.
``And there's a lot of competition for places as well.
``Everybody has to be on their toes.
``Several young players in the seconds are knocking on the door of first team selection.
``If they prove their ability, they'll get a chance.''
Fielding's performances this season have been crucial too, having amassed 254 runs and claimed 28 wickets to make him the leading wicket-taker in the league.
Bishop readily acknowledges this. But he is encouraged as well by the strength in depth of the squad which he says augurs well for the future.
``Two who came in last year, Steve Whalley and Mark Bolton, have now had a year so they know what it's all about,'' said Bishop.
``Also Andy Burns, who bats three, is back full-time and playing well.
``He was with the side in 1994 which won the league.
``Mick Dewhurst is very consistent with bat and ball.
``Andrew Robinson has also done well and Neil Bolton has taken a few wickets.
``But the overall team performance has been good.''
And it has not exceeded expectations.
``Our target was to win the league,'' added Bishop.
``We also wanted a good run in the cup but, as we're now out of it, we can concentrate on the main competition.
``It should be a good game tomorrow.
``Padiham are a good young side with a few experienced players like Steve Gee.
``Their professional is beginning to impress.
``He made 100 last week - let's hope he doesn't get another one tomorrow.''
Fixtures: Barnoldswick v Oswaldtwistle Immanuel, Baxenden v Ribblesdale W, Blackburn N v Whalley, Great Harwood v Edenfield, Padiham v Clitheroe, Read v Cherry Tree, Settle v Earby