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Massive weekend in race for the Lancashire League title

It's a massive weekend in the Foster’s Lancashire League title race with Enfield, Church and Accrington still in with a shout.

It's a massive weekend in the Foster’s Lancashire League title race with Enfield, Church and Accrington still in with a shout.

While Church skipper Craig Fergusson admits it will take a ‘miracle’ for his side to clinch the league title, as they are 13 points behind joint leaders Lowerhouse and Enfield with their three games to go, the title is still wide open.

Enfield chairman Geoff Dixon says they will be listening out for the score between Lowerhouse and Bacup tomorrow as defending champions Lowerhouse play their game in hand and, after tomorrow, all sides will have three games to play.

"It is certainly interesting," said the Dill Hall Lane chairman, whose side will have Darwen pro Shaun De Kock on Sunday as regular pro Werner Coetsee – who has signed up for next season – has had to return home early this week.

"It is a blow losing Werner as he has scored a lot of runs and taken wickets but he has to go back to South Africa and we have to abide by the rules.

"Whatever happens, if someone had said at the start of the season we would have been joint top at the end of August we would have taken it.

"It’s a good achievement and now it’s just a case of wait and see."

Enfield face a huge local derby on Sunday against fellow title challengers Accrington – in fifth place and 20 points behind the top two – while Graham Lloyd’s side play their game in hand at East¿Lancs tomorrow as they too could make a late bid for the top spot.

Church, who announced yesterday that pro Saeed Anwar will not be coming back next season after two years with the club, are up against Rishton on Sunday with Jimmy Bibby’s side at home to Nelson tomorrow.

Church secretary Andy Bentley said: "Saeed has been brilliant for us, he is a class player and he has had two successful seasons and has fitted in really well. We wish him all the best. As a committee we have just decided to look elsewhere."

 

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