CRAIG Fergusson equalled his career-best score but could not prevent Enfield from slipping to a narrow two-wicket defeat at Colne on Sunday to leave the Dill Hall Lane club adrift in the bottom-two of the Musbury Fabrics Lancashire League.
Fergusson hit 84 off 127 balls, with 11 fours and one six, to become the first Enfield amateur to pass 50 this season.
The opener shared a 79-run third-wicket partnership with professional Alviro Petersen and also added 50 with Andrew Windle as the visitors reached 205-7.
Keith Barker, who endured a runless weekend, then took three quick wickets with a burst of 3-17 as he enjoyed a rare outing before returning to footballing duties at Blackburn Rovers.
Colne professional Mahendra Nagamootoo repaired the damage in company with Qasim Ali as the West Indian all-rounder hit 64 off 66 deliveries with 11 fours before Robert Green forced him to sky a short delivery to give Enfield hope with the home side on 154-5.
With Barker picking up a fourth wicket and Green two more Colne were then rocking at 180-8 before Matt Walker and Nigel Rimmer put together a match-winning stand of 28.
Church captain Phil Sykes' decision to move himself down the order paid off as he led his side to a 15-run win at Todmorden.
Sykes followed up 39 from the previous day with a season's best 81 as Church, helped by Adam Greenwood's 46, posted a total of 214-8.
Professional Ruvin Peiris then made up for a rare failure with the bat with figures of 6-53, including that of Todmorden paid man Gyan Pandey, as the home side came up short with nine wickets down to deny Church maximum points.
Rishton were unable to halt Lowerhouse's title challenge as they were thumped by nine wickets at Liverpool Road.
Opener Parvez Kazi hit eight fours and two sixes to record his maiden league half-century but Rishton's total of 193 proved no obstacle to a Lowerhouse side chasing their first-ever championship.
Teenager Vishal Tripathi became the youngest player to score a Lancashire League century as he made an unbeaten 103, with 13 fours and fours sixes, and shared in a match-winning partnership of 189 with substitute professional with Justin Kreusch.
Accrington's dismal summer continued as league legend Joe Scuderi batted them out of the game in a 54-run defeat to Nelson.
Scuderi made the most of being put into bat first as he hit a 132-ball century with 13 fours to take his run aggregate for the season to 643.
The former professional now looks odds-on to break Nelson's amateur record of 888 runs in a season set in 1983 after sharing a first-wicket stand of 156 with Khurram Nazir, whose 67 came off 109 balls with nine boundaries.
Nelson's total of 234-5 was also going to be a stiff target but Accrington briefly looked as though they might threaten a first win when Mohsin Ahmed and professional Tama Canning were going well in posting a 50-run second wicket partnership.
Ahmed hit five fours in his 27 before chasing a wide one from Danny Kegg and the next over Canning fell to substitute professional Doug Watson, having taken 14 off the South African's first 10 balls.
Accrington then slumped to 95-5 and despite some decent middle and lower order contributions were always off the pace.
On Saturday, Accrington had looked on course to avoid an 11th-straight defeat with a shock win over league leaders Ramsbottom.
Kahn and Canning again got starts without going on to post a decisive score as Matt Wilson's men made 135 in the face of a six-wicket haul from professional Murali Kartik, who now has 50 wickets for the season.
However, that looked as though it might be enough to hand Ramsbottom only their third loss as Canning struck three times to help reduce the title hopefuls to 57-5.
Unfortunately for Matt Wilson's men that was as good as it got though as an unbroken sixth-wicket stand between Simon Read and John Harrison dashed Accrington's hopes of breaking their duck.
Lowerhouse were also too strong for Church, who finished pointless thanks to a 55-run defeat at Blackburn Road.
The visitors' impressive opening partnership of Tripathi and Jonathan Finch again clicked with Finch hammering the Church attack for a 38-ball half century on his way to 80 with eight fours and five sixes as the pair put on 137 for the first wicket.
Chasing a total of 251-7, Church were hampered by a debatable leg-before decision for Peiris when the Sri Lankan had made just three and despite a half-century for Mark Aspin and a 9,000th Lancashire League run for skipper Sykes the home side were up against it once those two had been parted.
Rishton's preparations for Sunday's Worsley Cup final did not start well with a 29-run defeat to struggling Rawtenstall.
The home side made 165, despite three wickets for the returning Neil Wells and professional Kumar Dharmasena, and Rishton were then spun out by veteran Keith Roscoe, whose five wickets included top-scorer Richard Rostron for 38.
Enfield also kicked off a losing weekend with a seven-wicket defeat at home to Bacup.
Defending a total of 145-8, in which Fergusson made 39 and Neil Holmes 33, captain David Bracewell gave his side a flying start by removing Peter Thompson and Tim Farragher.
However, a 66-run partnership between Paul Gallagher and Nick Cronshaw got Bacup back on track and with Gallagher going on to a career-best 90 not out, made from 121 balls with 15 fours, Enfield were left empty-handed.