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 !!
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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