Lowerhouse back on top

Ben Heap
Ben Heap
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Lowerhouse returned to the top of the Lancashire League with an eight-wicket win at Enfield, as previous leaders Todmorden lost to champions Ramsbottom.

Winning the toss and choosing to bat, Enfield posted a challenging 195-7, with Asif Fazel making 52 and Liam Jackson 44 not out.

Lowerhouse maintained a level of control in the early stages, and when Jonny Russell and Fergus Bailey bowled an excellent tight spell in the middle overs, Enfield were struggling to score much more than two runs per over.

With wickets in hand, however, they were able to accelerate in the final 20 overs.

The target for Lowerhouse would have been much reduced had they not conceded 38 extras, including 25 wides.

Paddy Martin and Francois Haasbroek both claimed two wickets.

Without the unavailable Jonathan Finch, Lowerhouse opened the batting with Ben Heap and Joe Martin, who looked very comfortable, adding exactly 100 for the first wicket before Heap was run out when he slipped in trying to regain his ground when a run was turned down by his partner.

He had scored an excellent 64 to follow up his 97 from the previous match against East Lancashire.

Hasan Abbas joined Martin and continued to keep in touch with the required run rate before Martin tried to pull Jackson and was caught behind from an under side edge for an impressive 42.

Hasan and Haasbroek continued the progression, mixing good strokes with more unorthodox dabs to secure the deserved win.

Lowerhouse now play Rawtenstall at home on Sunday when they will be attempting to avenge one of their two defeats of the season.

They had made a mercurial rise to the top of the league before that match and will be hoping that history will not be repeated.