The sun shone on Colne on Sunday, as a fair sized crowd was entertained by only the locals’ third victory of the season against fifth-placed Haslingden.
Skipper Nigel Rimmer won the toss and chose to bat on a very dry wicket.
The early part of the innings was not encouraging, at 52-4 when Matthew Walker joined professional Mansoor Amjad.
The pair made a chanceless partnership of 99 before Walker got a top edge and was caught for 41, but Mansoor batted on to his highest score of 83, and received excellent support from Adam Holt (32) and Bavin Patel (35), who were both happy to take advantage of the short Keighley Road boundary.
By the time Patel and Rimmer were caught off identical top edges from consecutive balls at the end of the 49th over, Colne had reached 255 all out, their highest score of the season.
But on a good batting wicket, there was plenty of work to do. Adam Holt struck the first blow by bowling out-of-form professional Phil Hayes for a duck, although Graham Knowles had single-handedly taken the score to 29 by then.
Kershaw got a thickish edge off Mansoor, which wicket keeper Sam Tillotson did well to take; then Tillotson excelled himself further, dismissing Knowles with a tremendous stumping off a leg-side wide from medium pacer Nathan Whitehead.
He made a similar brilliant stumping off Walker at Burnley on Saturday.
Imtiaz and Ingham threatened to bring Haslingden towards victory with a partnership of 72, but when Ingham was run out and Imtiaz bowled by Lambert, Colne took control of the match.
Tillotson made another good catch standing up to David Wallbank, and the seventh wicket fell to an excellent one-handed catch by Whitehead off Lambert.
Then it fell to David Wallbank to finish the job off. It’s often said that full and straight is the way to bowl to the tail, and Wallbank proved it by clean bowling the last three batsmen with fast yorkers.
Haslingden fell 18 runs short with 22 balls left, and Colne had their first 12-point haul of the season.
Saturday’s game at Burnley saw not only a heavy defeat, but also the loss of Matthew Wilson, out for possibly the rest of the season with a broken finger.
There were few high spots in that game, but Adam Holt’s marathon 19-over spell, taking 6-78, was the honourable exception.
Colne are at home again on Sunday, against Enfield., wickets pitched at 1 p.m.