Colne continue promising start to season

Yaseen Vallie in action against Church
Yaseen Vallie in action against Church
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Colne continued their promising start to the season as they beat Church by three wickets, before a valiant showing in defeat at champions Burnley.

On Saturday, Matt Walker’s men dismissed Church for 135 as professional Yaseen Vallie took 4-43, Uzair Khalid 3-17 and Danny Kegg 2-15.

Vallie then hit 65 not out in reply as Colne got over the line, while the injured Matt Nutter added a key 29, sharing 54 with the pro.

Walker said: “It was a fantastic bowling performance against a side who, in the last few sessions, have been fighting for silverware near the top of the table

“Agai,n Andy Hakin a fantastic opening spell and deserved more than the one wicket he took.

“Danny Kegg showed his experience and bowled an excellent spell, picking up two wickets for 15 runs from nine overs, however, the pick of the bowlers was probably Uzzy Khalid, who took the vital wicket of Church professional Zain Abbas, along with the final two wickets to ensure we picked up the bonus points.

“Our batting could still improve, and we created more problems than really necessary for ourselves, but it was a fantastic innings from pro Yaseen, who batted calmly and composed throughout his chanceless knock of 65 not out.

“Matt Nutter provided great support and showed signs of what’s to come, even though he was hindered with a calf strain.”

Then the following day, Walker won the toss and batted at Turf Moor in a 20-over game.

Colne closed on 85-8, as Tom Bradshaw top scored with 20, with vice captains Sam Tillotson (15) and Andy Hakin (13) also contributing.

Burnley got home as Dan Pickup hit 36 not out, including a six to win off the second ball of Hakin’s final over.

Walker looked back: “The game was played in difficult conditions, not conducive to good cricket.

“We didn’t score enough runs in our innings, and therefore made the second half very difficult against the current champions.

“It was a fantastic effort from Andy and Yaseen with the ball, along with good work in the field, and it was very much an improved performance in comparison with previous seasons’ efforts at Turf Moor.”

This weekend, Colne face Enfield tomorrow, before taking on Rishton in the Worsley Cup on Sunday, and Walker said: “We have a tough game against Enfield, followed by the first round of the cup on Sunday against Rishton.

“Rishton’s pro Von Berg, has proved to be an astute signing, picking up a five-wicket haul in each of the games he’s played.

“We’ll be looking to carry on our good form and hopefully chalk up another couple of victories.”

l Junior Taster Sessions are running at Colne on Wednesday, May 11th and 18th from 6-7-30 p.m. for for boys and girls aged nine to 13, taken by ECB-qualified and DBS-certified coaches.