A wet and frustrating season came to a climax with one of the senior sides taking home a league trophy. Unfortunately Saturday started with the 1st XI crashing down to local neighbours Church. Winning the toss and electing to bat the team struggled as the bowling of Lloyd Aspin restricted Enfield to 63. In reply Church saw this total off in just 9 overs for no loss. The result put the hopes of bring home the Lancashire League trophy away until next season. The team did manage to arrive back at Dill Hall to witness one title celebration.
Lowerhouse were given the daunting task of trying to restrict the rampant 3rd’s to less than 4 points. This would allow second place Haslingden a chance of clinching the league. However a brilliant team performance meant that Lowerhouse only managed to make 109/10 all out. The score was quite overwhelming for Lowerhouse considering on of their opening batters made 50+ the rest of the team unfortunately struggled. As per Lancashire League rules bowling out the opposition equates to 2 points. This meant that a score of 69 was all that was required to bring home the 3rd XI league title for the 2nd time in 3 years. The lads battled hard and managed to achieve the required runs for only 4 wickets. It has to be noted that Captain Howard Kerr managed to hit his highest score of the season including a brilliant sweep over the wall for 6 onto Dill Hall in order to win the match. The terraces were packed with supporters all watching the team as the presentation took place.
On the final day of the league there were still games left. The opposition was Bacup and with both teams looking to finish on a high this was bound to leave an exciting game of cricket. In the game at Lanehead, Bacup placed Enfield in the field and they immediately regretted it. As Dave Bracewell took one wicket for just 2 runs. Sub Pro, Shaun De Kock took a 5 wicket haul as Bacup got bowled out for 169. A strong opening partnership of 65 between the Hussain brothers happened in the reply. However Saggi was first out quickly followed by Nasser (36 and 16 respectively). Joe Wrigley signed his season off with a duck as Shaun De Kock and Adam Bracewell put on a 4th wicket stand of 62. Asif Fazal and Chris Maudsley chipped in before Ash Gowers and De Kock finished off Bacup. The result left Enfield joint 3rd in the league, in what has been a tremendous season for them.
Final Finishing Positions
1st XI – 3rd
2nd XI – 11th
3rd XI – 1st (Champions)
On the behalf of the club can I thank you all for your continued support throughout the season. And I look forward to seeing you on the ground next season. Don’t forget to continue to support the club throughout the close season. Events and news will be updated up until next season.
Enfield was denied a glorious derby double over neighbours Accrington in the only 1st XI fixture of the weekend.
A brilliant all-round performance by Accrington professional Ashar Zaidi gave the visitors 12 points in the local affair. Zaidi scored 90 before Hassan Fazal took yet another professional scalp. Ashar was assisted by Marley Ali (20) and Aijaz Shah (38) in reaching 199/7 during their 50 overs. In reply Enfield started off strongly until Saggi Hussain was caught by the professional Zaidi off the bowling of Dibber. His brother Nasser then fell to the Pakistan paid-man to leave Enfield on 33/2. Sub professional Darwens Shaun De Kock made 10 and skipper AP Bracewell made 10 with Dibber taking both wickets. Geoff Dixon look-a-like Joe Wrigley then tried to rally the team hitting 30 but the partners just came and went before Joe found himself bowled by Shah. Enfield made 116 in reply and Zaidi took 5 wickets. The result meant that Accrington leapfrogged Enfield in taking the second spot.
The 2nd XI managed to prevent Accrington from turning all the sides over with a brilliant victory at Thornyholme Rd. Danny Haworth top scored in the win that was only the teams 5th victory this season. Well done lads.
On Saturday the 3rd XI kept hold of the top spot with a comprehensive victory over Ramsbottom. Enfield managed to restrict the visitors to just 57 runs. Although it was a very difficult wicket to play on the lads managed to see the game home with 6 wickets lost. The result means that just 4 point vs Lowerhouse on Saturday will see the 3rd XI title coming back to Dill Hall for the second time in three years.
The penultimate weekend of cricket happens this coming weekend. The 3rd XI play Lowerhouse at home on Saturday with just one point required to win the league. The 1st XI has a replayed fixture at Church on the same day. Whilst the final day of cricket sees the 1st XI travel to Bacup, the 2nd XI entertain Bacup 2nd XI. With 24 points up for grabs over the course of the weekend it is still not out of reach for the lads to win the title albeit with a bit of luck.
Current professional Werner Coatsee has signed for another season at Enfield. Werner has been a major player in the teams successful season with him scoring 724 runs at an average of 45.2 with one century and six half centuries. With the ball the king of spin has taken 81 wickets at 11.6 including nine five wicket hauls. Thanks for everything Werner. The whole of Enfield Cricket Club wishes you a successful season in South Africa. We look forward to welcoming you back for the 2013 season.
On the playing field no games for any of the senior sides have taken place this weekend. Play is to resume next weekend with Enfield 3rd hosting Ramsbottom on Saturday. Before Accrington take the trip to Dill Hall as we look to continue adding the pressure to Lowerhouse.
Enfield kept hold of the top spot this weekend following a 4 wicket win over Rishton. They are however joined by Lowerhouse to tie the position in the famous league.
Saturdays visitors Rishton won the toss and elected to bat on what was a very good batting wicket. They didn’t get off to the best of starts with Hassan Fazal taking the wicket of Rishton captain, Jimmy Bibby for just 1 run. Number 3 batsman Wyse managed to hit just 5 runs before Professional Werner Coetsee bowled him to leave Rishton on 22/2. It was 93 runs later on until the Enfield supporters could celebrate a wicket. As Bisoodwall and Salpietro took Rishton up to 115. Before Bisoodwall fell to the bowling of Ryan Brereton. Soon after Hassan Fazal took yet another professional scalp dismissing Daniel Salpietro. The Australian all-rounder has hit 57 before patience finally struck. The tail end failed to make any major mark on the match. However the did supply support for Mo Patel. Patel hit 52* as Rishton restricted the bonus points that would be on offer for Enfield.
In reply Enfield didn’t get off to the best of starts as opening batsman Saggi Hussain was caught in mid off for 6. His brother Nas Hussain hit 11 before being caught to leave Enfield on 22/2. Next to go was Ash Gowers on 2. Werner Coetsee hit 32 before the South Africans opposite number Salpietro bowled him. Captain Adam Bracewell and Asif Fazal put on a 57 partnership before Asif was ran out scoring 27. Bracewell hit 70 in just 84 balls before being caught out. Joe Wrigley 36* and Chris Maudsley 12* saw the match through and earned the club 10 vital Lancashire League points.
Saturday night saw 25 of the clubs players and supporters go out down Burnley due to their being no first team game being on. A notable performance goes to Wicketkeeper and No Direction star, Ash Gowers. Who managed to get intoxicated mixing water and flavoured water together? They always said that there is something in the taps at Dill Hall.
With no first team cricket on Sunday the team took two different routes. Some went over to Old Trafford to watch Werner Coetsee play as Netherlands overseas player in the CB40 game vs Lancashire. Whilst others went to Church to catch the Worsley Cup Final, between Church and Lowerhouse.
(Seconds Report to follow)
(Thirds Report to follow)
This coming Sunday sees Enfield visit Rishton in this weekends return fixture. Whilst on Saturday Enfield thirds entertain Bacup as they look to continue reigning on top of the table.
Enfield firsts maintained their lead at the top of the Lancashire League in what was another mixed weekend of results for the club.
The first team had no game on Saturday and with usual 3rd team captain, Howard Kerr away down south. It was left to Westley Ingham to see the 3rd keep the top spot in their league. Winning the toss and electing to a bat first. The boys managed to score 87 with only two players reaching double figures. Colne managed to see this off inside 15 overs to leave the team going home with a disappointing 0 points. The early return home allowed two of team to have a trip over to the Palace Theatre in Manchester to see Emily Seddon perform in Annie.
Sunday saw the first team travel to East Lancs, their mission was to keep their lead and to extract revenge for the 2nd round loss in the Worsley Cup. Captain Adam Bracewell lost the toss and East Lancs put the field to bat. On what was a very poor wicket, the lads found success instantly with Werner Coetsee dismissing East Lancs opening batsman John Turner for a duck. The wickets kept coming quick and fast for the team. As the pro took his second not long after. Hassan Fazal managed to secure the wicket of the opposition professional Ockert Erasmus for a resounding 1. Team Manager Mark Hollister is reputed to have had a word with last week’s hero, David Bracewell about deploying the bodyline tactic. This came to light when a length bowl managed to catch Paul Kelly on the head. The batsman was not wearing a helmet, something which he may consider in the future. Following the dismissal of Kelly on 37/5, East Lancs only managed a further 22. As they finished all out for 59, Werners final figures was 26/5 and David managed a further impressive 13/4. Speaking to the East Lancs supporters they seemed confident that a score of 70 would have been impressive on the wicket. Saggi Hussain managed to hit a quick 9 before being caught behind. South African Professional, Werner Coetsee managed to hit 31 including a few boundaries before a dance down the wicket left him unable to return before Chester stumped him. 2 more quick fire wickets which saw Ash Gowers claim gold (0) for Enfield. Joe Wrigley (0) followed soon after. With just 13 required Kieran Demaine left Adam Bracewell on strike as the smashed two sixes and one four to see the field take 12 points and remain top.
Next weekend sees the visit of Rishton on Saturday. There is no game on Sunday, due to the Worsley Cup Final.
Thanks to Natalie Booysen for the image from Sundays game vs East Lancs.
Sundays home game versus Lowerhouse saw the opening of the tea room to the public. For the first time since the 151 year old building suffered from a fire caused by an electrical failure, 11 months ago. It didnt take long for spectators and supporters from both clubs to quickly fill up the building. It is a welcome addition to club as the 1st team look to secure their first title in the Lancashire League since 1977.
The weekend started with an away trip to Acre Bottom to try and secure the league double versus Ramsbottom. Having lost the toss the visitors were made to field by Rammy. It was soon looking to be a good day for the boys with Rammy being on 33/3. However Werners opposite number Pieter Malan managed to score his third century of the season as he hit 115* with Alex Bell supporting with respectable a 85* as Rammy finished the rain reduced 46 overs on 235. A quick and strong opening partnership between the Hussain brothers saw Enfield reach 79 before Nassier Hussain got stumped by Ramsbottom keeper, Tom Parton. Saggi Hussain then got out on 48 as Enfield started to collapse. Hassan Fazal did manage to steady the ship scoring 31. But ultimately the team fell short of the Ramsbottom total scoring 198 all out.
Not content in letting Saturdays defeat get into their heads. The team rallied round and focused all their energies on Sunday’s home game to league leaders Lowerhouse. News had hit the club on Saturday that Rishton had managed, to inflict a third successive home defeat on Lowerhouse that day. This meant that the gap was reduced to just 5 points. They must of all been doing the rain-dance over in Burnley as the weather did its best to stop the game. However at around 4pm a nice break of clear sky allowed a 25 over match to get underway. Just like Saturday the openers of the Hussains managed to hit 35 runs before Saggi got caught on 35 off the Lowerhouse pro. Enfield professional Werner Coetsee managed to score 20 before being caught. The captain Adam Bracewell came in and smashed 47 off just 24 balls. Adam hit four 4s and three 6s as him and Nas piled home the runs of Enfield. Nas managed to hit five 4s and four 6s in his unbeaten 80. As Enfield finished their innings on 183/4. Despite the huge chase that Lowerhouse faced they did not seem phased by it. The opening pair of Heap and Whitehead came out all guns blazing as opening bowler Hassan Fazal was hit for 34 off just 3 overs. Whilst Werner Coetsee went for 45 off 4 overs. The captain decided he needed to change something and elected himself to replace Fazal and his brother David to replace Coatsee. Between them they managed to change the game on its head. Adam took 2 wickets for 54 in his 9 overs. Whilst David who was caught spending most of his day on twitter, managed to achieve his best bowling figures in Lancashire League matches, as he took 6/38. A classic of this magnitude was not to end without any controversy. As Lowerhouse disputed the run-out of Joe Martin when they needed 5 off 3 balls.
This weekend sees no Saturday first team fixture. The thirds take on Colne away. Sunday sees Enfield travel to East Lancashire as they look to extend their lead at the top. Well done lads keep it up !!
Images courtesy of Lancashire League .com
Over the last few weeks, the use of Twitter to broadcast the latest developments within the club has become more prominent. There are currently 4 members that have access to the Enfield Twitter account. The clubs Twitter profile currently has 416 followers, who range for locals of Dill Hall Lane to supporters who have become expats in Dubai. The account is run by 4 members of the club, and it’s regularly updated with news, scores and other information. Most of the Lancashire League clubs have accounts on Twitter, and it has become increasingly useful in obtaining the latest scores in the other games before they are even published on the official league website. You can find the clubs profile at – www.twitter.com/enfieldcc