ENFIELD carried on their recent good form in the Lancashire League with an eight-wicket win over East Lancs on Sunday.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bat, although Hassan Fazal had opener Chris Riley (1) caught by Greg Jones early.
Then in the ninth over professional Matthew Kleinveldt (8) and Mini Bhada (6) were both caught by Enfield captain Adam Bracewell off the bowling of seamer Liam Jackson, leaving East Lancs 26-3.
David Pearson and John Turner put on 25, then Jackson (3-39) struck again with Pearson falling for 10.
Paul Kelly then joined Turner and the pair put on 33 before Enfield pro Werner Coetsee had Turner caught behind by Tiarnan Hamill for 31, leaving East Lancs 84-5 in the 26th over.
Coetsee struck again to bowl Kelly out for 19 before finishing with 2-24.
Shahrukh Khan then joined David Turner but couldn’t capitalise against his old club as Ben Dowling bowled him for a duck.
The visitors then collapsed from 129-7 to 129 all out with two run-outs; and although John Turner (31) top scored with the bat, more runs actually came from extras (38).
Liam Bedford and Greg Jones put on 42 for Enfield’s first wicket before ex-Enfield seamer Khan had Bedford (29) caught behind by Matt Egan.
Coetsee and Jones then put on another 42 in 11 overs before Coetsee (22) picked out Kelly in the deep.
But with 46 needed off 30 overs, Bracewell smashed an unbeaten 32 off 20 balls to see Enfield home with 24 overs to spare, while Jones was 39 not out.
And Bracewell won the game in style, smashing Kleinveldt back over his head for six for third-placed Enfield to finish on 134-2.
“It was a very good win,” said Coetsee. “There were no stand-out performers.
“Everybody contributed so it was a real team performance and that’s what we’ve been getting more of in recent weeks.”
CHURCH had gone into the weekend joint-third with Enfield but slipped to fifth after a 111-run defeat at Ramsbottom.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, the hosts never looked back after Tom Parton (72) and Callum Kay (63) put on a second-wicket stand of 84. That left Ramsbottom 116-2 and they went on to make 211-7 from their 50 overs.
Church never got close as they lost opener Matt Wolfenden (5) and pro Usman Tariq (0) cheaply, with wickets continuing to fall regularly. Harvey Aspin top scored with 27 as Church stumbled to 100 all out from 31 overs.
ACCRINGTON are seventh after losing by 44 runs at Rawtenstall.
Last year’s champions had made a great start, reducing the hosts to 6-3 with pro Ockert Erasmus taking all three wickets
But 58 from home pro Brett Pelser and Peter Wrathmell’s 66 helped Rawtenstall recover to 162-8. Erasmus finished with 6-60 for Accy.
Sam Excell then hit 53 and Erasmus 29 to keep the visitors in the hunt.
But a late collapse dashed their hopes of making a successful chase as they lost their last five wickets for just five runs to finish 118 all out.
RISHTON were well beaten at Haslingden after being bowled out for 88, Shaun Hutchinson finishing on 12 not out.
Garth Wyse swiftly managed to remove Phil Hayes (7) and pro Brenton Parchment (0) but an unbeaten 53 by Graham Knowles saw the hosts home with eight wickets to spare.