Colne’s poor recent record in the Lancashire League continued with a disappointing defeat at home to Rishton on Saturday.
Captain Nigel Rimmer won the toss and chose to bat on a fine sunny afternoon.
The Rishton bowling, for the first few overs was frankly poor, with line and length both far too variable, and Colne’s openers Matthew Wilson and Saleem Quereshi took early advantage.
Off the first three overs, 28 runs were scored, and the fifty partnership for the first wicket was reached in the 11th over.
But then Wilson got a leading edge from Scott Greaves and was caught for 26.
Shortly afterwards Rishton sub-professional Gulam Bodi was brought into the attack, and the game went downhill for Colne from then on.
Quereshi batted on with Colne’s sub-professional Zaman Khan until the score was 88, when both were dismissed.
Khan advanced down the wicket to Garth Wyse and smashed the ball back down the wicket.
Unfortunately Wyse was in the way and made a sharp chance look easy.
Quereshi followed, having played an impressive and promising innings of 39, dealing confidently with anything loose and never really looking in trouble.
Even at 88-3, Colne were not badly placed, but the middle order failed to contribute and the score was soon 102-7.
John Lambert and David Hoyle put together an encouraging partnership, both men batting sensibly, until Lambert was unfortunate to be caught for 12, and Hoyle hit a full toss down long off’s throat for 15.
Rimmer and David Wallbank added 19 for the last wicket, and the innings closed, with eight overs not used, on 143.
The Rishton innings could not have started better for Colne.
With the first ball, Wallbank induced captain Jimmy Bibby into an edge, and keeper Hoyle took a smart catch diving low to his right.
But although Nathan Whitehead and pro Khan took a wicket each, none of the Colne bowlers could solve the problem of Rishton’s pro Bodi.
Lambert finally bowled him for 57, and followed up with the wicket of Muhammed for 36, to give Colne the glimmer of hope at 120-5, but only one further wicket fell and Rishton won by four wickets.
Colne’s first XI are at away to Bacup on Sunday, with the seconds at home to Bacup on the same day. The third XI are at Ramsbottom tomorrow.