Colne off mark after beating Haslingden

Joel Duerden in action against Lowerhouse.

Joel Duerden in action against Lowerhouse.

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Colne picked up their first win of the season at Haslingden on Sunday.

Haslindgen won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a well-used wicket.

Knowles and Griffin raced out of the blocks, latching onto some wayward bowling.

It wasn’t until after a short rain delay did David Wallbank and Andy Hakin find the correct lengths and lines to bowl. Hakin struck first, having Matt Griffin (8) caught behind by Tillotson, with the score on 23.

It took the introduction of fellow South African Thomas Kaber before Haslingden professional Burton de Wett started to score fluently, despatching a number of loose balls.

Kaber, however, had the last laugh, dismissing de Wett for 36, caught by captain Matt Walker.

From this point, Haslingden did not cope with the pressure generated by Kaber and Joel Duerden.

Wickets fell at regular intervals with Kaber picking up 4-42 from 12 overs – particularly impressive after his first two overs cost 26 runs, and Duerden claimed his first five-wicket haul with 5-26 from 9.5 overs as Haslingden were dismissed for 129.

Colne’s opening partnership of Pollard and Lambert were only able to combine for seven runs, before Pollard was caught behind.

Tom Bradshaw and Lambert added 25 before Lambert was also caught behind by the combination of Griffin and Alex Marcroft.

Kaber received good support from Bradshaw and Holt before he was dismissed, having scored 20,

Bradshaw returned to the pavilion having scored 14, and Holt 12.

Wickets continued to fall, but the target of 130 drew closer, with Tillotson playing a pivotal role. Tillotson batted correctly and cautiously in scoring a valuable 29 runs to put Colne on the brink of victory. It was left to captain Walker and Kenton Rhodes to see the side over the line with six balls to spare.

Colne are at home to Ramsbottom tomorrow, and next Friday, May 29th, sees Colne’s first fixture in the Lancashire League’s Twenty20 competition.

The locals travel to Haslingden in the Pride of Pendle Group.