Colne set to call time on disappointing campaign

John Lambert was the only player to get into double figures
John Lambert was the only player to get into double figures

Colne travelled to Ramsbottom on Saturday and came home with a comprehensive defeat.

After winning the toss, Colne chose to bat, but were never able to score runs on a damp wicket which played true, but offered help to the bowlers.

Veteran Mick Haslam showed the value of experience by exploiting the conditions to perfection, with 4-39 in 15 overs, and it was Haslam who took two early wickets with similar balls that nipped back off the seam.

Saleem Quereshi got his head down and battled to 20, and professional Mansoor Amjad (pictured, right) attempted to take the attack to Ramsbottom, but both men fell to catches off Haslam and Colne were once again reliant on the tail.

John Lambert (pictured, left) made 16, but no-one else reached double figures.

Ramsbottom captain and former professional Jon Fielding took four wickets, and Colne’s struggles ended at 103 all out from 45 overs.

This was never likely to be enough against a confident Ramsbottom batting order, and so it proved.

Lambert was the most dangerous bowler and got the wicket of Parton for 20.

Mansoor dismissed the other opener Webb for 39, but Ramsbottom eased to the target with two wickets down in the 22nd over.

On Saturday, both Colne and Accrington were anxious to play - Colne needed points to catch Rishton and avoid finishing bottom, Accrington in search of points to catch Lowerhouse at the top.

But only three overs were played, and the players spent the rest of the time pushing the covers on and off in a vain attempt to dodge the showers.

This weekend is the final weekend of the season.

Lowerhouse have already clinched the championship for the second time in their history, and Colne’s disappointing season comes to and end with a double header.

Tomorrow, they travel to Rishton, in a match which has already been rained off twice, on June 12th and July 16th.

And then the final home game is on Sunday against Rawtenstall. Both matches start at 1 pm.