Enfield claimed top spot in the Hyndburn 20-20 group with a dramatic Friday night win at Accrington but they face a tough semi-final away to holders Ramsbottom tonight.
Adam Bracewell’s men were indebted to scorer Peter Dickinson who had worked out exactly what they had to do at Thorneyholme Road.
Accrington were bowled out for 100 and as Bracewell explained: "Peter had worked out that if we batted second, we would need to pass the target in quick time to top Church’s run-rate.
"There were different scenarios but as a guide Peter used the obvious example of what had to happen if Accrington got 100 – and they made exactly 100-8.
"We knew we had to get them in around 14.4 overs but we went for it and got there in just over 12 to be on the safe side."
On a soggy evening Enfield won the toss and cannily elected to field but Accrington’s batting failed to fire as all the visiting bowlers kept it tight.
Alex Whittaker was particularly impressive with 2-11, including the vital scalp of home pro Ashar Zaidi for just a single.
Accrington captain James Hayhurst whacked a couple of sixes to get the innings going a bit but after he was bowled by Liam Jackson there was little else.
Enfield lost Aniq Hassan early on as the rains fell but Bracewell (26) and pro Werner Coetsee (28) also got on with it.
Damian Clarke was hit for 11 off his one and only over of the season so far, and the momentum was seldom halted even though both got out.
Liam Jackson and Sagawat Hussain added a breezy unbroken 30 to see the visitors home well within the required time.
Looking forward to tonight’s Acre Bottom semi-final, Bracewell, who played arguably the competition’s greatest innings – 127 not out against Accrington in 2008 – said: "Ramsbottom are a good side but it doesn’t really matter who you play in a 20-20 game because all the semi-finalists are good teams and one performance from a pro or another player can put you in with a good chance.
"We have three or four players capable of quick runs and six or seven options with the ball so we are looking forward to it and hoping for a fine night with a good crowd on there."
Tonight’s semi-final gets underway at 6.15pm. Nelson host Todmorden in the other semi.
RISHTON won their final group match at home to East Lancashire but it was only decided on the toss of a coin after the visitors made 86-4 off 16 overs when rain halted play. Wicketkeeper Luke McVarish had three victims, two of them stumped.