Colne’s search for first victory continues

Colne's Dave Wallbank opens the bowling against Haslingden.

Colne's Dave Wallbank opens the bowling against Haslingden.

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Colne’s search for their elusive first victory of the season goes on, following defeat to Enfield.

Saturday’s fixture at Enfield was a 33-over match following the morning’s torrential rain.

Enfield won the toss and elected to bat on a green damp wicket.

Andy Hakin made an early impact, having Liam Bedford well caught at deep cover by Tom Bradshaw.

This early breakthrough was the only real positive note for Colne, during a difficult afternoon.

Enfield professional Graeme van Buuren and Greg Jones combined and shared in a second-wicket partnership of 181.

Both batsmen carefully negotiated the difficult conditions and once past 50, exploded into action and raced towards their centuries.

However the reintroduction of Dave Wallbank managed to break the partnership, having professional Van Buuren caught by Hakin.

It was Colne professional Thomas Kaber who dismissed Jones for 95, caught by Wallbank at short mid wicket.

From this point, the Enfield innings lost momentum and closed on 213-4.

Colne’s reply was in trouble from the outset, with Enfield making early inroads, sending Lambert, Akram and professional Kaber back to the pavilion with only 17 runs scored.

The Enfield bowlers utilised the difficult conditions to their advantage and continued to cause the Colne batsmen numerous problems.

Only Billy Jamil, Joel Duerden and Kenton Rhodes managed to make a score into double figures., with Colne being dismissed for 83.

Colne are away to Haslingden on Sunday.