Lowerhouse go clear

DEFENCE: Ben Heap faces the first delivery of the match
DEFENCE: Ben Heap faces the first delivery of the match

Lowerhouse scraped through to clinch a tight victory over Enfield in another rain reduced game which saw the move clear at the top.

Winning the toss and batting in the 24 over per side contest, Lowerhouse openers Ben Heap and Joe Martin put on 25 runs before Martin was bowled by Liam Jackson.

LOWERHOUSE V ENFIELD: Covers are brought on .'Photo Ben Parsons

LOWERHOUSE V ENFIELD: Covers are brought on .'Photo Ben Parsons

Wickets fell steadily which did not help the run rate but Heap who has started his season in tremendous form, continued to bat well hitting six fours and two sixes from 82 balls faced as he dominated the innings. Joe Beneduce and Matt Walker added 16 late runs together at a brisk pace to provide a challenging target for Enfield.

Francois Haasbroek removed Adam Bracewell without scoring and fellow opener Gowers for three. With the score at 9-2 the rain returned and on the resumption the target was reduced to 108 runs from 20 overs for Enfield.

Haasbroek immediately took the wicket of Afzal thanks to a sharp slip catch by Hasan Abbas and Fergus Bailey, who replaced stand-in captain Johnny Russell, immediately claimed the wicket of Hussain. Jackson and Enfield professional Werner Coetsee now carried the hopes of Enfield but when Bailey accounted for Coetsee, Lowerhouse were confident of victory.

Haasbroek was switched to the Liverpool Road end to defend the shorter straight boundary but the return of Russell heralded a mini assault by Joe Wigley that threatened to wrestle the initiative away from the home side.

Enfield now needed 17 runs from two overs to win and Russell made what proved to be the final match winning move by bowling Bailey for over 19 in which he accounted for Jackson while conceding only thee runs. Haasbroek successfully closed out the game to finish with 3-29 from 10 with Bailey taking 3-24 from four.

Sunday was a complete washout in the Lancashire League and the games will be replayed on Saturday, September 3rd.