HASSAN Fazal and Chris Maudsley had to drag ENFIELD over the line again on Sunday – but it wasn’t enough to keep them in the Lancashire League title race.

Although Enfield enjoyed a three-wicket win at Rawtenstall, Lowerhouse survived a late scare to claim a one-wicket win at Todmorden and clinch their third title in four years.

Enfield can still earn their first top-two finish for 12 years, though, as they trail second-placed Ramsbottom by just one point heading into the last two games of the season – and they host Rammy this Sunday.

Fazal and Maudsley steered the Dill Hall Lane outfit to victory away to Ramsbottom just two weeks ago and they repeated the trick at Rawtenstall.

Enfield bowled the hosts out for 123, with Simon O’Loughlin taking 5-20 off 12.5 overs while sub-pro Zain Abbas, borrowed from Yorkshire club Scholes, took 3-33.

Enfield had a shaky start to their reply as they were 90/7 until Maudsley (18 not out) and Fazal (17 not out) put on a 37-run partnership to seal victory. Abbas top scored with 30 as Enfield reached their target in 36.4 overs.

Abbas will sub-pro for Enfield again this weekend before Settle’s Imran Khalid fills in for the final game.

Last year’s champions ACCRINGTON moved up to fourth place with a 41-run win at home to Bacup.

Accy were struggling at 48/3 until professional Ockert Erasmus hit an unbeaten 95 to help them reach 177 all out.

The South African, who will be returning next year, then took 4-25 off 14.5 as Bacup were bowled out for 136. Jimmy Hayhurst chipped in with 2-39.

CHURCH remain in sixth after thrashing East Lancashire by seven wickets at Alexandra Meadows.

After winning the toss and putting the hosts in, Church had East Lancs 33/8 until skipper Mark Bolton (21) and Max Wyn Jones (28) added 55 before both fell with the score on 88.

Andrew Bentley took 4-25, passing 550 Lancashire League wickets in the process, while Lloyd Aspin claimed 4-32.

Church pro Usman Tariq then finished unbeaten on 44 as they knocked off the required runs in 19.3 overs.

Struggling RISHTON were beaten again, this time by nine wickets at Burnley.

The hosts won the toss and decided to field and pro Matt Hulett top scored with 21 as Rishton were bowled out for 100 in 45.5 overs.

Burnley then reached their target in 16.2 overs, David Brown top scoring with an unbeaten 52.


1st XI V Lowerhouse (A): S Crabtree (c), S Hanson, G Sneddon, M Wilson, J Clarke, R Hussain, J Hayhurst, J Lloyd, B Hargreaves, S Excell, O Erasmus (pro). Meet Lowerhouse 11.45, start 1pm.

CHURCH v Burnley, ENFIELD v Ramsbottom, RISHTON v Nelson.