Tuesday 18th March indoor nets will continue at Saint Christopher’s school, with the revised times as follows. Junior nets commencing at 19:00 and senior nets commencing at 20:00. Subs to cover the cost of the facility £3 per player.
Well done to the U13s who came third in the Hyndburn indoor cricket competition .
Well done to the under 11’s indoor cricket team . A very young team , that missed out on the final by two runs . Great effort lads .
Despite there being three more months until the start of the 2013 Lancashire League. The work at Enfield Cricket Club does not cease to stop. Over the Xmas period the clubhouse has been open, and members celebrated on Christmas Day with one another, whilst participating in a themed quiz, carols and charades. The festive spirt at the club went right through to NYE, where around one hundered people saw the New Year in with a superb vocal artist.
The followers on the ECC Twitter account are slowly creeping up. Aided by a retweet from Accringtons’ very own David Lloyd. We are now above the 750 mark, with the aim to be passed 1000 for the start of the season. If you haven’t already followed the account please do so.
Volunteers are always welcome at the club especially prior to the start of the season, if you can spare an hour or two it would be great if you could give us a hand. The club will be participating in the Natwest Cricketforce day once again, details to follow!.
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.