ENFIELD will finish top of Hyndburn's four teams in the Lancashire League - but it hasn't taken a lot this season.
With just three games remaining, mid-table Enfield are still hoping for a top six spot especially after their double win at the weekend. Martin van Jaarsveld's side got the better of local rivals Rishton on Saturday while they enjoyed a great victory over title- chasing Bacup on Sunday. South African van Jaarsveld, usually a hit with the bat, starred with the ball, taking four wickets against Rishton and a stunning 8-38 against Bacup.
But it was doom and gloom for Rishton, Accrington and Church who now occupy the bottom three spots. Accrington were skittled out for 43 at League leaders East Lancs on Saturday before slipping to a loss against Ramsbot-tom on Sunday. They did better thanks to an unbeaten 93 from pro Andre Seymore but it still wasn't enough.
And Church could fare no better as they slipped down the table. They were 85 all out against second-placed Haslingden on Saturday and lost to Lowerhouse in a tight game on Sunday - although they did manage to pick up seven points. Craig Fergusson was their top scorer with an unbeaten 52 while Andy Bentley did some damage with the ball, taking 4-43.
And Rishton still only have that one win to their name. After the loss to Enfield, fellow strugglers Rawtenstall inflicted the 22nd defeat of the season on them.
This weekend it is Sunday action with two local derbies. Accrington welcome Enfield to Thorneyholme Road while Rishton host Church. In the Ribblesdale League, it will be a special day for Baxenden on Sunday as they celebrate their 50th anniversary year in the senior league by inviting their old professionals and players to watch the game against Settle, founder members of the league. First, however, they welcome Padiham to Back Lane on Saturday.
Jon Harvey's side didn't have the best of weekends, slipping to a loss to top-of-the-table Read on Saturday before a dramatic one- run defeat at Edenfield on Sunday. And Oswaldtwistle will want to end the season with some wins under their belt. They suffered a double loss weekend to Barnoldswick and Great Harwood but travel to Edenfield on Saturday and Blackburn Northern on Sunday.
- IT'S a crunch weekend for Great Harwood who need a double win if they are to have any real hope of lifting the Ribblesdale League title.
The second-placed club trail leaders Read by 12 points and, with just three games left, they need the victories and have to hope that Read slip up. Gordon Simpson's side had a great chance to close the gap this weekend but struggled with the bat on Saturday. Their top scorer was Ian Howarth with just 14 as they made only 59 in reply to bottom club Whalley's 160-8. However, they bounced back on Sunday, making 248-9 against neighbours Oswaldtwistle. Allan Armer top scored with 78 while pro Andy Crook took 7-32 to skittle Immanuel out for 125.
Read suffered a shock loss to struggling Padiham on Sunday to keep Harwood's championship bid alive. Harwood face a trip to Blackburn Northern on Saturday and then Padiham at home on Sunday. Read have a tough weekend with Earby away on Saturday and Clitheroe at home on Sunday.