Colne finish rock bottom

Mansoor Amjad
Mansoor Amjad

COLNE ended the season 14th and last in the Lancashire League, with only four wins over the season, though Sunday’s game at home to Rawtenstall should have been the fifth.

Colne won the toss and chose to bat, and after both openers left early, John Lambert and professional Mansoor Amjad played very soundly in partnership of 61.

Lambert was promoted up the order after recent good form, and justified it with a score of 23.

After he left, Nathan Whitehead (14) kept the score moving, and Colne were 96-4 (Mansoor 50 not out) when rain caused a half-hour interruption.

After the break, Colne’s innings fell apart. Mansoor was out for 63 and five wickets fell for 22. Nigel Rimmer improved the situation with 14 runs, and the innings closed on 136 with five overs unused.

Whitehead and David Wallbank shared three wickets, and then skipper Nigel Rimmer turned to spin.

Lambert bowled Andrew Clough at 63, and Mansoor followed up with three wickets in his first two overs, leaving Rawtenstall at 66-7 having lost four wickets for three runs.

Mansoor took his fourth wicket, caught and bowled, at 75.

Two problems remained for Colne – firstly, former pro Andrew Payne was still in; secondly, too many wides.

The strict leg side wide rule didn’t help the off-spinners, but the four Colne bowlers managed a ridiculous number of wides.

Payne kept the strike efficiently, with a single towards the end of most overs; many overs also contained a wide or two; and although Mansoor took his fifth wicket, again caught and bowled, Keith Roscoe was able to survive long enough for Payne to reach 50, and the innings ended, fittingly, with the last of 27 wides.

Saturday’s game at Rishton was most notable for the father-and-son partnership of Nigel and Lewis Rimmer opening the batting.

Lewis made 17 and Nigel 10 as they put on 31.

Mansoor made 59, Matthew Walker batted well for 28 in a 67-run partnership with Mansoor, and Colne batted out the overs for 174-9.

But as so often, Colne couldn’t get the wicket of the opposing professional, and Clinton Perren made 93 out of Rishton’s winning score of 178-5.

Nigel Rimmer took two excellent slip catches, and Kenton Rhodes took his first Lancashire League wicket.

The league season is over, but Colne have one match remaining.

The annual David Maxwell Memorial match takes place on Sunday against Foulridge, at the Horsfield.