Enfield professional Werner Coetsee admitted he was a bit frustrated when Todmorden’s Qaiser Abbas overtook him at the top of the wicket charts on Saturday night.
Title-chasing Enfield suffered what they viewed as a disaster on Saturday, losing by 59 runs to Bacup thanks to a hat-trick from Lanehead sub professional Dinuka Hettiarachchi.
And Todmorden paid man Abbas leapt above Coetsee in the bowling charts with his 8-16 against Colne.
But South African Coetsee bounced back in style on Sunday, taking his own eight-wicket haul against leaders Lowerhouse and then hitting an unbeaten 85, whacking it to all parts of the Liverpool Road ground as Enfield won with plenty of overs to spare.
The victory saw them close the gap to seven points at the top.
And, with the two title-chasers meeting on Sunday at Dill Hall Lane again, it promises to be a thrilling battle.
"Qaiser had gone above me on Saturday night so it was nice to get eight wickets the day after," said Coetsee, who now has 70 wickets for the season to his name – one ahead of his Todmorden counterpart.
And the Enfield paid man was also happy to get one over his fellow South African and friend Francois Haasbroek, who was one of his eight victims on Sunday.
"I can’t repeat what he said to me!" said Coetsee as Lowerhouse finished on 164-8.
"We obviously have a lot of friendly banter and he got the better of me last season with Lowerhouse winning the league so I feel I still owe him from last season when they beat us.
"We slipped up against Bacup, we didn’t play well, and needed to bounce back and it’s nice to beat the leaders.
"We have done everyone in the league a favour as Todmorden and Church will still feel they are in with a chance to win it and it builds up to an exciting end to the season.
"But we will have to be prepared on Sunday as I know Francois will want his revenge."
Captain Adam Bracewell admitted Saturday’s result hurt – so they were determined to bounce back as a victory for Lowerhouse would have put them firmly in the driving seat for the Lancashire League title.
"I was devastated on Saturday," said the skipper. "I didn’t look at any other results, I just went home went to bed and focused on Sunday.
"We were poor – we didn’t bowl, field or bat well and it was frustrating.
"We needed to pick ourselves up and we needed to win against Lowerhouse and with Werner playing like he can, we fancied ourselves.
"Prior to this weekend we always knew that the next four games were massive.
"Losing to Bacup knocked us a bit but now we have beaten Lowerhouse and it’s Ramsbottom and Lowerhouse again this weekend so now it’s a massive time for us.
"Werner was fantastic. We knew when they got 164 we could chase it down.
"We won the toss and were a bit undecided what to do but we put them into bat as we knew the wicket would get better.
"And so it proved and we bowled and fielded really well.
"We moved Ash Gowers up the order as he has been getting runs for Lancashire seconds and we felt it was the right time to put him in."
After Coetsee’s 8-49, Enfield needed to show their form with the bat.
Adam Bracewell had dropped himself down the order with brothers Saggy and Nasser Hussain opening.
The first wicket fell at 40, Saggy making 11 and then Nasser departing for 28 but that only brought Coetsee and Gower in.
Missing bowler Jonathan Finch, Lowerhouse struggled against the South African and, despite numerous appeals, Coetsee hit his 85 in 89 balls with six fours and three maximums while Gowers was unbeaten on 23 in a 102-run third wicket partnership.
It made Saturday a distant memory as Bacup made 165-9 with stand-in captain Tim Farragher top scoring with 40. Coetsee took three wickets with four run outs.
Coetsee made an unbeaten 69 but no one could stay with him and the St Anne’s professional’s hat-trick helped to end any resistance.
Coetsee has 630 runs for the season – 30 behind leading run scorer Ramsbottom’s Pieter Malan.