COLNE players were greeted with a very wet scene on arrival at Lanehead, Bacup.
Intense efforts were made by the players and ground staff to get a game played and play finally got underway at 2-10 p.m. with the game reduced to 40 overs per side. Bacup won the toss and, not surprisingly, elected to bat.
The wet conditions made it very difficult for bowlers and fielders to keep their feet. Shadley Van Schalkwyk continued where he left off last week by taking the early wicket of Anthony Taylor who was caught by Matthew Wilson at square leg. Unfortunately for Colne it would be a long time before they took another wicket. The Bacup sub professional Sean de Kock and opener Adam Highley put on 151 for the second wicket. De Kock was the first to fall having scored 70 and soon after there was a flurry of wickets for Colne as successive Bacup batsmen tried to pile the runs on. Adam Highley top scored with a career best of 72 as the Bacup innings closed at 203-6
Shadley van Schalkwyk finished with figures of 4-46 and the other wicket taker was Adam Holt with 2-36. Wicketkeeper Sam Tillotson claimed two more stumpings.
The Colne openers Sam Tillotson and Joel Duerden made a decent start scoring at the required run rate but with the score on 12 Duerden was caught behind. Tillotson soon followed LBW to Joe Sipocz.
Lewis Rimmer and professional van Schalkwyk then played very sensibly putting on 87 for the third wicket. They forced Bacup to spread the field and then picked off the singles. At the halfway stage Colne were up with the run rate but with the score on 106 Rimmer was bowled by veteran Bacup player Terry Lord having scored a creditable 33.
Van Schalkwyk then fell victim to Terry Lord when he was caught by Butcher at long on as he attempted to accelerate. His score of 61 takes him to a total of 311 runs from eight innings this season. With the exception of Matthew Wilson, who scored 21, none of the other batsmen were able to remain at the crease long enough and Colne were all out for 152 from 36.1 overs. Well short of the Bacup total. Veteran Terry Lord finished with impressive figures of 5 for 57.
This weekends fixtures are against Enfield away on Saturday and at home against Burnley on Sunday.