Colne’s run ended by Haslingden

Joel Duerden in action against Lowerhouse.

Joel Duerden in action against Lowerhouse.

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Colne couldn’t make a hat-trick of wins on Saturday, falling to a 30-run defeat at home to Haslingden.

But the five bonus points were enough to take Colne out of the bottom two in the league.

Matthew Walker won the toss and chose to field – a decision which, 28 overs into Haslingden’s innings, looked unfortunate to say the least.

Openers Sipocz and Knowles were batting well, 136 runs to the good.

But Duerden had Knowles caught by Danyal at long on for 56, and professional Burton de Wett was bowled by Lambert without scoring next over, as Colne managed to turn back the tide of runs.

Only two more batsmen reached double figures. Lambert and Kaber (four wickets each) brought the innings under control.

Even with five overs left, at 199-5, Haslingden looked set for a big score, but only eight more runs were scored for five wickets.

Lambert bowled last man Coleman with the penultimate ball. Haslingden 207 all out.

Opening batsmen Lambert and Clark made 5 apiece, and Tillotson made a useful 21 before being adjudged lbw with the score at 47-3.

Duerden joined professional Kaber, and the pair added 67 before Duerden made too fine a leg glance and was caught behind for 25.

Walker took a long stride down the wicket but was given lbw, and Danny Kegg made a brisk 20 and was bowled.

At 141-6, and the runs required hovering at six or seven per over, the game was in the balance and the rain started to fall. Just a drizzle at first, it turned to heavier rain of the sort that would normally stop the game.

But to everyone’s credit with the game so well poised, the umpires were happy to stay out on the field, and Haslingden made no protest even though they were well ahead on run rate and bowling with a wet ball.

The game continued.

Kaber was becoming more aggressive and taking more chances, but didn’t receive the support from the tail that he needed.

Rhodes hit a couple of fours, but a tumble of wickets left Kaber with too much to do and he was last man out, bowled, for 77 – his best of the season so far.

Colne’s total of 177 was 30 behind Haslingden and good for three more bonus points.

This weekend sees the first XI travel to Rawtenstall on Sunday.

Last Friday, Lowerhouse beat Colne in the Pride of Pendle group to earn a place in the Twenty20 semi-finals.

Lowerhouse won by nine wickets against Colne, who made 77-9.

Joe Halstead (2-12) and Matt Walker (2-17) struck early to leave Colne on 21-6, before Aaron Pollard hit 20 and Martin Kegg an unbeaten 12 to enable Colne to close on 77-9.

In reply, the West Enders’ professional Cobus Pienaar opened and hit 29, before Jonny Whitehead smashed an unbeaten 20 and Walker 18 not out to see the West Enders home in five overs.

DAVID ROE