Big-hitting Mitesh inspires Colne to LCB Cup win at Darwen, but Tod inflict league defeat

Colne's Jeff Ellis in action against Burnley on Sunday. A010511/1b
Colne's Jeff Ellis in action against Burnley on Sunday. A010511/1b
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COLNE had a mixed weekend as they progressed in the LCB Cup, lost out in the league, and saw the start of their defence of the Worsley Cup washed out.

The Horsfielders played at Darwen last Thursday in the first round of the LCB Cup.

A late start meant that the game was to be a 20-over thrash, and Darwen won the toss and decided to bat.

The new professional Mansoor Amjad was making his debut in a Colne side which saw a number of changes in its ranks.

An experienced Darwen team had made the decision to go all out on the attack, led by Neil Cordingley, who scored 69 off 43 balls in the home side’s total of 157-4.

The pick of the Colne bowlers was David Wallbank, who took 1-10 off his allotted four overs.

At an asking rate of almost eight runs, Colne needed to be quick out of the blocks.

In a piece of shrewd captaincy by Matthew Wilson, the opening pair for Colne were Mitesh Desai and Bhavin Patel.

They wasted no time in laying into the Darwen bowlers. They soon amassed 54 runs before Patel was bowled for 23. Mansoor Amjad then joined Desai and they battered the bowling all way round and out of the ground.

Mitesh was a sight to behold as he despatched the bowling with disdain.

He scored 66 not out off 46 balls, which included five fours and four sixes. Mansoor scored 53 in Colne’s winning score of 158-2 to take them through to the next round.

In the league match against Todmorden on Saturday, Colne were unable to repeat the performance.

They were put in to bat on a slow, green wicket. They soon lost opener Lewis Rimmer for no score, and then Jeff Ellis (pictured) and Mansooor Amjad looked comfortable as they steadily built up the runs, but when the score was on 49, Ellis was caught and bowled by the Todmorden professional Qaiser Abbas, having scored 25.

He was soon followed by Amjad, who added only five more runs to the total before he was caught and bowled by James Morgan for 28. There then followed a good partnership between Matthew Wilson and Nathan Whitehead. They had taken the total to 96 when Wilson became the first of five victims for off spinner Andrew Sutcliffe, having scored 18.

Whitehead (26) continued to play with confidence, but with the exception of Tayyib Jamil (12) and John Lambert (11), none of the other Colne batsmen could help. Colne were all out for 131 off 42.5 overs. Abbas finished with figures of 4-48 and Sutcliffe 5-17.

Colne took an early Todmorden wicket when Amjad had opener Newbitt lbw for four, but after the result never looked in any doubt as Ben Sutcliffe and Nick Barker played with authority as they picked off the bad balls and ran extremely well between the wickets.

When Sutcliffe was out for 25, lbw to Gary Hunt, the Todmorden professional, Qaiser Abbas (37 not out) joined Barker (54 not out) and they knocked off the runs needed in just 29.5 overs.

Colne’s cup match against Lowerhouse was washed out on Sunday and this will now be played at Colne tomorrow.

There is a 20/20 match at Todmorden tonight, and a league match against Lowerhouse on Sunday at Liverpool Road.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the third XI are at home to Haslingden.

IAN WALKER