Heavy defeat for Colne as Nelson are rained off

Chris Walton hit 23 for Colne at home to Darwen
Chris Walton hit 23 for Colne at home to Darwen

Only five games were completed in the Fosters Lancashire League on Saturday, as Colne went down to a 94-run defeat to league newcomers Darwen.

Nelson’s match at champions Ramsbottom was abandoned early in the hosts’ reply at Acre Bottom.

At the Horsfield, skipper Matt Walker won the toss and elected to field in a game reduced to 21 overs.

Chris Walton claimed an early scalp, having Anmer Mirza caught by professional Unmukt Chand without a run on the board.

But Jordan Clarke and Scott Friend put on 86 for the second wicket.

Friend was bowled by Andy Hakin for 47, which came off 30 deliveries, including five fours and two sixes.

Professional Calvin Savage joined Clarke, and hit 52 off 32 balls, including four boundaries and three maximums as he shared 88 for the third wicket.

Clarke made 62 off 56 balls, with five fours and two sixes, with Danny Kegg finally seeing the pair off, as he went on to make 3-28 off three overs.

Darwen closed on 191-5.

Rain further reduced Colne’s reply by an over, with seven knocked off the target.

But they fell well short as they closed on 90-9.

Walker top-scored with 28 and Chand and Walton both added 23, but Darwen bowler Dave Bowden ripped through the order as he claimed 5-8 from only six overs, as the visitors climbed to fourth, leaving Colne next bottom.

Colne make the short trip to Seedhill to face Nelson in the derby on Sunday.

Nelson, meanwhile, lie 13th in the table after their game at Ramsbottom was abandoned.

The hosts were on 11-1 at the start of their reply to Nelson’s 114-8, in a game reduced to 20 overs.

Ramsbottom won the toss and inserted Nelson, with the weather likely to be an issue, and Nelson got off to a good atstart as opening pair Lewis Bradley (20) and David Crotty (35) put on 57, before the former was bowled by Simon Read in the 10th over.

Crotty followed two balls later, trapped in front by Jon Fielding, and the Ramsbottom attack went on to claim four wickets apiece.

Read returned 4-30 and Fielding 4-21, as Nelson closed on 114-8.

Only two more batsmen went on to make double figures as captain Neil Thompson was left unbeaten on 23, while Billy Jamil made 10.

The following day, Nelson beat Rainhill by six wickets to advance to the second round of the LCB Knockout, where they will travel to Longridge.

Lewis Bradley made 31, Jamil 44, Devon Conway 68 not out, Russell Bradley 24, and Khurram Nazir 45 not out.