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‘Virus’ proves unstoppable

AFTER a 190-run mauling at Rawtenstall, a transformed Enfield team took their closest rivals Accrington to the cleaners in the first round of the Switch to Switch Electrical Worsley Cup.
IN ACTION... Accrington’s James Hayhurst bowling at the weekend.

AFTER a 190-run mauling at Rawtenstall, a transformed Enfield team took their closest rivals Accrington to the cleaners in the first round of the Switch to Switch Electrical Worsley Cup.

And it was Enfield's new professional Alviro 'The Virus' Peterson - who only arrived last week - who ran the show with a superb unbeaten 149.

Home skipper Matt Wilson asked Enfield to bat after winning the toss but some three hours later his side were at the wrong end of a massive 252-3 in a mirror image of the last time these two sides met in this competition 15 years ago in the final.

As in the summer of 1989, Enfield dominated the game from start to finish to once again upset the odds and made a mockery of the formbook.

The home side struck an early blow when opener David Bracewell fell leg before to Jimmy Hayhurst but after a few early scares, skipper Mas Ahmed and Petersen set about the home attack.

The professional hit ten sixes and eleven fours in his 142 ball knock which lasted just under two and a half hours. His partner Ahmed made 57 in a second wicket stand of 110 but from then on Petersen completely dominated the scoring.

Faced with such a daunting total, Accrington pro Tama Canning opted to open the batting himself intent on keeping up his fine record against Enfield.

He batted well in making 80 but didn't receive the support from the amateurs to overhaul Enfield's formidable score.

In fact Accrington must have wished that they could somehow sneak their former pro Nathan Astle, who was watching the match, into the batting line up.

After the loss of Mohsin Ahmed to a run out in the fifth over, Adam Wilson (18) put on 61 with Canning who struck seven fours and three huge sixes in his innings.

Graeme Sneddon (17) was just getting into his stride when he holed out to Andrew Windle at 122 but after the loss of Canning at 147 Accrington's middle order took the suicide route with arial shots finding the Enfield fielders on a regular basis.

The home side ended up on 208 to give Enfield a 44-run victory. David Bracewell was Enfield's best bowler with 4-56 and his brother Adam held four catches behind the wicket.

Captain Mas Ahmed was pleased to be into the second round, where his side will travel to East Lancs.

"The derby match brought out a lot of fight in our side. We have struggled to get the momentum going after losing so many players but playing against Accrington in the cup brought that little bit extra out. Hopefully we can kick on from here."

"The pro made a big difference, because we didn't really have a pro for the first four games, but with a settled side I think we will do alright."

"It was a fantastic knock by Alviro. He came with a big reputation and he showed it on a difficult wicket. He took his time early on but then he took Accrington to pieces."

"He was awesome and I think he will get as many runs as Martin Van Jaarsveld did for us. He is stylish and a good player to watch."

On his own knock, the skipper said: "I struggled early on especially against Big Jim (Hayhurst) who was hard to get away, but I waited for the bad ball and managed to put one or two away."

"I was very nervous when my son Mohsin came on to bowl against me so I asked the pro to play him."