Colne suffer 10-wicket defeat as Enfield dodge the showers

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Colne suffered a heavy defeat at Enfield last Saturday, dodging in and out between the showers to lose by 10 wickets.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, in a match reduced to 46 overs each after half an hour was lost at the start, Colne could not get to grips with the Enfield opening bowlers.

Professional Werner Coetsee bowled his off spin from the start, and for the first 20 overs, Colne scored at barely one run per over.

Another six overs were lost to a rain delay, and eventually professional Ali Azmat got to grips with the bowling and scored a quick 38, caught at deep mid-wicket.

The only other recognised batsman in double figures was opener Tom Bradshaw, 15.

David Wallbank came in at number 11 as usual, and scored 10 not out – unusually for him, his first scoring shot was not a six. He did hit a couple of fours, batting into a strong wind and Colne finished on 105-9 from their final allotment of 40 overs.

The rain came back during the tea interval, and after more than an hour’s delay, Enfield had only 18 overs left.

The normal Lancashire League rule is that 20 overs must be bowled for a result to be decided on run rate.

However, there is an exceptional rule where if a side feels batting second that they can score the full total of runs in the overs available, they can bat on and try to win the game.

Enfield felt they had the chance to score the 106 needed in 18 overs, so they chose to go out and have a try.

And how right they were. Matthew Clark took the only wicket to fall, having Jones (9) caught by Nazir at deep square leg off a top edge.

Two balls earlier Jones hit that shot for six, but couldn’t repeat it.

Coetsee came to the crease, and played forceful, aggressive, and successful shots from the off. He faced 23 balls, hit 11 of them over the boundary - 10 fours and a six - and scored 56 not out.

Liam Bedford scored 32, and far from using 18 overs, Enfield needed only 9.4 overs to score 109-1.

The first XI are at home tomorrow, against East Lancs, and travel to Rawtenstall on Sunday.

l Colne are to host a Legends 20/20 fundraising game on August 29th.

The game is Colne v Nelson, with wickets pitched at 5-30 p.m., and the Colne sides will feature Collis King and Hartley Alleyne, along with many of the 1999 Worsley Cup winning side - including Gary Hunt, Gary Laycock, Nick Moulding, Andy Roberts and Dave Swarbrick.

The Nelson side will feature Joe Scuderi, along with Mike Bradley, Marcus Phelan, Paul Garaghty and Martin Heap to name a few.

There will be a BBQ and raffle, and admission is £2 or £1 for concessions.