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Winning weekend as Moses leads Enfield to success

Professional Brad Moses took centre stage in Saturday’s encounter with Lowerhouse with contributions with both bat and ball, as his side won by four wickets and secured maximum points.

Accrington pro Ashar Zaidi (left of picture) hit 83 against Church.

Enfield secured back-to-back league wins last week with victories over Lowerhouse and Todmorden at Dill Hall Lane.

Professional Brad Moses took centre stage in Saturday’s encounter with Lowerhouse with contributions with both bat and ball, as his side won by four wickets and secured maximum points.

The visitors batted first, but were restricted to 184-8 from their 50 overs, with Moses picking up figures of 5-51 from his 14-over spell.

In reply, Enfield were able to make the target set by the visitors with 11 balls to spare, much thanks to an excellent knock by man-of-the-match Moses.

His 87 was enough for the home team to reach 186-6 from 48.1 overs.

And they were able to follow up this win with a 75-run victory over Todmorden on Sunday, to finish off a clinical weekend’s work.

Moses was again in fine form, helping himself to 63 in his side’s innings, but it was Asif Fazal that top-scored this time out with a knock of 82.

The two put on a stand of 143 for the second wicket, and it was enough for Enfield to reach a very decent 257-9 from their allotted overs.

It was a target that proved too much for the visitors, who struggled to 182 all out, with Moses again at the fore of the action, taking four wickets.

Enfield’s next league action is a trip to Bacup next Sunday, and they will be looking to carry this momentum forward in next week’s fixture.

Elsewhere, Church got their weekend off to a winning start, with a six-wicket victory over Colne.

After winning the toss, Church elected to field, and limited Colne to 191-9 from their 50 overs.

Andrew Bentley was the pick of the bowlers as he returned figures of 4-40, with 18-year-old Harvey Aspin chipping in with three wickets of his own.

In reply, Church arrived at the winning line with relative ease, reaching the victory target with 11.4 overs in hand.

Skipper Craig Fergusson was quick to praise the batsmen, and in particular Aspin, who top-scored with 60.

“We asked Colne to bat first and they posted a decent total I’d say. But we consolidated really well down the order, Harvey especially,” he said.

“He’s adapted really well to the conditions over here. Being an Aussie lad, he found the British weather frustrating initially, but he’s enjoying the league now and how competitive it is.

“He’s been great for us over the past few weeks, and hopefully he can go on to bigger and better things.”

Aspin continued his fine form in Sunday’s meeting with Accrington, but his efforts weren’t enough, as his side succumbed by 56 runs.

Accrington made 210-9 from their 50 overs, with 18-year-old Aspin picking up five wickets, and Accrington professional Ashar Zaidi top scoring with 83.

Accy’s Jimmy Hayhurst said his side’s total was a ‘good marker’ at this level of cricket.

“If you get over 200 in the amateur game, it can be quite mentally imposing. It’s a good milestone to reach at the standard, and thankfully we did that,” he said.

In reply, Church fell short of their target; they were dismissed for 154 from 45.4 overs.

“We all got good starts at the top of the order but none of us got a big score, nobody stood up.

“It’s frustrating, yes, but at the same time, we know we are not too far away,” said skipper Fergusson.

Church travel to Haslingden on Sunday in their next league meeting, and Fergusson thinks his side are the underdogs going into the match.

“Haslingden are a very good young team with an excellent professional,” he added.

They are the favourites I think but this is Lancashire League cricket and we know anything can happen.

“Our mindset won’t change going into the match, we are always looking to win and hopefully we can put the defeat to Accrington behind us on Sunday.”

In their next league fixture, Accrington entertain Burnley, and Hayhurst says they know what to expect in Sunday’s match.

“We played Burnley earlier in the season so we know their strengths and we’ve identified their key players.

“We will be looking to put our plans into action and hopefully it will be enough.

“A few people have said recently that we rely too much on one or two players, but we’ve proved in recent weeks that we share the spoils around a little bit and it’s served us well.

“We’re top of the league, and without being over-confident, we have got to make the most of it while we’re here,” Hayhurst added.

Rishton endured mixed fortunes in the weekend’s games, winning their tie at home to Burnley on Saturday, before losing out to East Lancashire in Sunday’s match.

The visit of Burnley on Saturday proved to be a stroll in the park for Shaun Hutchinson’s men, who cruised home by five wickets, meeting the target set by Burnley with 30.4 overs to spare.

The Rishton attack shared the wickets around as they put Burnley into bat, skittling the visitors out for just 84, with Daniel Salpietro and Garth Wyse picking up three scalps apiece.

However, the run chase posed more of a challenge than it maybe should have done, with five Rishton wickets tumbling before they got themselves past the winning post, thanks mostly to an unbeaten 62 from Salpietro.

Sunday’s encounter with East Lancs proved to be a much sterner test, and one they came up short in, losing by 41 runs.

East Lancs were put in first, and posted 198-6 from their 50 overs, with Wyse and Greaves picking up two wickets each.

But Rishton failed to reach the gettable total, falling to 157 all out and coming up 41 runs short of their target.

To add to their frustrations, all five of the top order got starts, but they failed to convert them into match-winning knocks with Grant Wyse top scoring with 46.

A second-round tie against Lowerhouse is next on the agenda for Rishton on Saturday, before their league meeting on Sunday with Rawtenstall.