Colne CC start season without a win

Colne's Andy Hakin opens the bowling against Rawenstall.
Colne's Andy Hakin opens the bowling against Rawenstall.

Colne played a double header last weekend, but came home with two defeats and no bonus points.

Saturday’s match was away to East Lancs. East Lancs won the toss and put Colne into bat, and although many of the batsmen started an innings, none made a substantial score.

Ammad Akram was the highest scorer with 28, and new professional Thomas Kaber scored 20 on his debut.

The side was all out from 44 overs, with Colne’s total of 156 short of what was needed.

For the second match running, extras were top scorer with 35.

The East Lancs innings was reduced by rain to 30 overs, and a revised target of 115 was set. Andy Hakin took two early wickets, but John Turner (47 not out) was joined by professional JP de Villiers (37 not out), and their partnership of 78 saw East Lancs home.

On Sunday, skipper Matthew Walker lost the toss for the third time in three games, and Rawtenstall chose to bat on a good-looking wicket.

Opening bowlers Hakin and Matthew Clark restricted the batting well at first, with just 19 runs off the first 10 overs, and then Hakin dismissed both openers.

But Sam Kershaw was joined by his professional, Brett Pelser, and a double century stand ensued.

Kershaw scored 111 not out, and Pelser scored 108 before becoming the first professional dismissed by a Colne bowler this season (Hakin), and after a third-wicket stand of 202, the challenging target was 268.

The first over from Joe McCluskie was worth 13, all but one wides, but he was withdrawn from the attack and the innings settled down. Colne kept close to the run rate, but lost too many wickets, and too much was left on the shoulders of the professional.

Kaber scored a fine 77, but the only significant support was provided by Tom Bradshaw, who hit 34 not out in a last-wicket partnership of 41 with David Wallbank.

Colne made 205 all out, and so ended a pointless weekend.

Colne are at Church tomorrow and at home to Burnley on Sunday.

l Granville Thompson and Colin Foster, both Level 3 coaches at Nelson CC, have been appointed Lancashire Under 10 and 11 managers respectively for the 2015 season.

Granville managed the Under 12 Development Squad last year, who lost on the final day of a five-day festival at Oundle College to Yorkshire.

He currently coaches in Pendle primary schools for Neil Stewart at Pendle Vale and has been coaching at Nelson for over 10 years.

Granville said: “School coaching starts the pathway off for our primary school children, a path they can follow to our local clubs and then on to Under 11 District Cricket, which this year I am currently organising with the help of Matt Garner at Earby. The County step is the final piece in the jigsaw.

We have a great set up at Nelson CC, with Andrew Pettinger in charge of our Junior section. This year we have three top level coaches in Joe Scuderi, Ryan Canning and Neil Redford, backed up by myself, Colin and Chris Heap. Junior night is Wednesday when we regularly have a cricket field full of youngsters.”

For any more information on junior training at Nelson please call at Nelson CC and Wednesday night from 6 p.m. onwards.