Colne remain winless after losing to leaders – and Nelson sit next bottom

Colne's Andy Hakin opens the bowling against Rawenstall.
Colne's Andy Hakin opens the bowling against Rawenstall.

Burnley extended their lead at the top of the Fosters Lancashire League to four points – at the expense of Colne – on Sunday.

And while Burnley have now won all four of their completed games with maximum points, Colne, in contrast, prop up the table with five points after four defeats.

Saturday saw Church reach 51-1 in 13.4 overs against Colne, in one of only three league games to start, before the rain made no further play possible.

Church professional Usman Tariq was left on 21 not out, alongside Bilal Abass, who had made what was a career-high 20 not out.

The one wicket to fall was Church’s stand-in skipper Levi Wolfenden, caught by Colne skipper Matt Walker off Andy Hakin for six with the score on 17.

Both sides took three points apiece.

Colne suffered defeat at the hands of highly-fancied Burnley in a rain-reduced fixture at the Horsfield on Sunday. Burnley won the toss and elected to bowl in a game that was reduced to 40 overs due to the early morning rain. They soon had their first breakthrough with Graham Lalor having opening batsman Aron Pollard caught by Dan Pickup at point with only one run on the board. Ammad Akram and Joel Duerden looked to rebuild from the early loss, however some tight bowling from Burnley pair Lalor and Liaqat proved hard to score from. Akram played some crisp drives in his innings of 28 before he was caught and bowled by Pickup. The Colne professional Thomas Kaber, for the second weekend running, notched up a half century and was only dismissed in the closing overs when he tried to accelerate the scoring. His innings of 73 from 69 balls contained seven fours and three sixes.

The Colne innings closed on 145 after John Lambert was caught and bowled by Liaqat, who in the process, picked up a five-wicket haul.

Burnley always looked comfortable during their innings and fine knocks from Vishal Tripathi, 43, and Jon Clare, 39 not out, proved to be the deciding factor. Colne bowled well and but were only able to dismiss four of Burnley’s top order, with Andrew Hakin claiming 2-30 from 10 overs and Matthew Clark picking up his first wicket of the season in a spell of eight overs 1-34.

The other wicket to fell to a fantastic piece of fielding from Adam Holt, who swooped on a ball at short fine leg before throwing down the stumps with Burnley batsman Tripathi well short of his ground.

Colne travel to Enfield on Saturday looking for their first victory of the season and host local rivals Nelson on Sunday in the first round of the Worsley Cup.

Reigning Lancashire League champions Lowerhouse beat Nelson by eight wickets in what turned out to be a 30-over thrash at the Neville Gee Recruitment Ground on Sunday.

Nelson had first use of the wicket at Liverpool Road when play finally got underway at 3-15 p.m.

And the visitors made 104-8 in their innings, with Khurram Nazir top-scoring with 30 as he passed 3,000 Lancashire League runs in the process.

Professional Kesh Maharaj added 28, with opener Russell Bradley hitting 20.

Matt Walker took 3-58 for the West Enders, while Fergus Bailey also claimed 2-23.

In reply, Lowerhouse blitzed their way to victory inside 19 overs.

Joe Martin fell to Toxy Hussain for one with the score at five in reply, but Jonny Whitehead put on a stand worth 62 with skipper Charlie Cottam, who was caught at slip for 25 by Nazir off opposite number Neil Thompson.

Whitehead then joined in an unbroken partnership of 40 with professional Cobus Pienaar (11 not out), as they led Lowerhouse over the line in style.

Whitehead finished on 67 not out, which included five sixes and three fours.

That left Nelson second bottom with 13 points, having lost three of their four completed games.

Nelson’s game with Enfield on Saturday was washed out without a ball bowled.

Tomorrow, Nelson are at home to Accrington in the league, and on Sunday they are at Colne for the first round of the Worsley Cup.

All games in the Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale League Senior Division were washed out on Saturday.

Tomorrow, Barnoldswick host Brooksbottom, and Earby are at Read in the league (wickets pitched 1-30 p.m.).

And on Sunday, in the first round of the Ramsbottom Cup (wickets pitched 1 p.m.), Barnoldswick are at home to Baxenden, and Earby host Great Harwood.

Barlick had started the season with two wins, beating Earby by 10 wickets on the opening day of the campaign, before thrashing Read by 100 runs exactly last weekend.

Earby had a free weekend last weekend, so their only game so far has been their derby defeat.