Lancashire League Sunday: Birthday boy Greg gives Enfield a match-winning present (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Lancashire League Sunday: Birthday boy Greg gives Enfield a match-winning present
Greg Jones had the perfect 22nd birthday as he made the highest score of his Lancashire League career as Enfield cranked up the heat on the sides above them with a crushing win over Church yesterday.
The former Cherry Tree batsman skipped a big Saturday night out for his birthday to prepare for the Hyndburn derby - but could celebrate properly last night after his quite magnificent 87 paved the way to the win at Dill Hall Lane.
Jones put the rest of his team-mates in the shade but Werner Coetsee made 44 with 26 from Liam Bedford and 24 from Adam Bracewell helping them up to 254-9.
Kamran Basharat and Andrew Bentley both claimed four wickets and Bentley then top scored with 30 in a disappointing Church reply as they were 138 all out with Coetsee claiming four wickets and Ben Dowling three.
Lowerhouse are still out in front though and they chased down a big Bacup total to claim another fine win.
Tim Farragher hit a high class 101 not out as Bacup batted first and posted a healthy 184-7.
But the House took on that challenge and passed it with aplomb as skipper Charlie Cottam and Ben Heap shared a 178-run stand for the second wicket.
Heap was finally felled for 96 as he chased a ton, while Cottam was 71 not out.
Andrew Sutcliffe had a magnificent day as Todmorden beat Nelson in a belting game at Centre Vale.
The skipper claimed six wickets as Nelson were bowled out for 229 with half-centuries for Ryan Canning and the in form Toxy Hussain.
But that was only part of his job done as he became the match winner with the bat.
Not only did he make a key 69 not out, he shared an 81-run stand for the eighth wicket with Stuart Preistley, who made 50, but he won the match with a six off the final ball when his side needed three to seal a fine and quite dramatic win.
Ramsbottom remain second after they crushed East Lancashire at Acre Bottom.
Darry Smit claimed another five-wicket haul as the Blackburn side were routed for just 106 before Tom Parton made 46 in straightforward victory.
Accrington beat Rishton by one wicket in a tight finish at Blackburn Road as they extended a league winning run over their local rivals that stretches back to 2008.
No-where was the minute's silence to Eric Whalley more poignant that at his old club and he would have approved of the game that ebbed and flowed as only league cricket can.
Despite bowling Rishton out for 156, Accrington appeared to be slipping to defeat as they lost wickets only to squeeze over the line with the final pair at the wicket.
Burnley claimed only their second league win of the season as they beat Rawtenstall at the Woswick Memorial Ground.
The pre-season title favourites were bowled out for 159 with Imran Abid claiming four wickets but only Brett Pelser with 59 looked like taking them home and they were 146 all out.
Graham Knowles made 123 not out as Haslingden won at Colne.
The former skipper was at his brilliant best and helped Haslingden up to a daunting 264-5 at The Horsfield and with Brenton Parchment in the wickets Colne looked to be heading to a heavy loss.
But they put up a rearguard action and were finally all out for 231 on the final ball.
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