Colne convincingly beaten by Rammy

Joel Duerden took a wicket and was the only Colne batsman in double figures
Joel Duerden took a wicket and was the only Colne batsman in double figures

Colne’s hopes of a second consecutive win were comprehensively dashed last Saturday, when they were bowled out for just 44 in a one-sided game.

Ramsbottom made 217-7 in a 173-run victory.

On the warmest day so far this year, Ramsbottom won the toss and chose to bat.

At first things looked good for the Colne attack, as both opening bowlers Andy Hakin and Dave Wallbank took an early wicket.

From 15-2, Ramsbottom professional Daryn Smit, accompanied by Callum Kay, took things very carefully; to the extent that at the drinks break, 25 overs in, the score was 59-2.

But after Joel Duerden induced a false stroke by Kay, Smit continued his circumspect innings while Martin Cropper (36) and Dale Gabriel (21) hit out freely.

Much of the bowling was dangerous, but there were too many loose balls which relieved the pressure on the batsmen.

Professional Thomas Kaber, although he got three wickets, was one of the offenders in this regard.

Hopefully the warmer weather, if and when it gets here, will help him get control of his length.

The fielding was sharp and keen, with both Tom Bradshaw and Martin Kegg worth special mention.

The innings ended with Ramsbottom adding 54 runs off the last five overs, 21 of those runs coming in the last over when Smit decided there was no longer any need for caution.

He hit three sixes in the over, two of them leaving the ground and landing in the car park.

Colne’s innings did not take long to fall apart.

Veteran Mick Haslam clearly believed there was plenty in the wicket for him, because from the first over he had a cordon of five slips waiting for the edge.

They were only called on once as he took 3-11 from 10 overs, with two of them bowled.

Fellow opener and veteran Simon Read took 3-20, though professional Kaber was unlucky to be given out lbw from a ball that appeared to be going down leg side.

Smit finished the inings with three wickets in his first over, one in his second, for figures of 4-3 runs.

Duerden was the only man in double figures, 11 not out.

Extras made 14.

Tonight sees the start of the expanded 20-20 competition, with the league split into groups of seven.

Each team plays three home and three away games.

Colne start this evening with an away game at Haslingden, while Nelson are at Bacup.

Then on Sunday, the first league derby of the season will see Colne entertain Nelson at the Horsfield, hoping for revenge after the four-wicket win for Nelson in the Worsley Cup earlier this month.