Only an incredible last wicket stand of 41 prevented Colne from recording a victory at Rishton on Sunday.
Colne won the toss and elected to bat on a wet wicket and an even wetter outfield.
Joel Duerden was soon in trouble. Out plum LBW having scored just six runs. He looked a disconsolate figure as he trudged off the field of play to be replaced by the Colne professional, Ali Azmat. Both Walker and Azmat made a concerted effort to see off the Rishton bowling and played with a great deal of composure. They pushed the score on steadily with some free flowing stroke play and the score had reached 89 when Walker was dismissed, caught mid-wicket by Sean Wyse off the bowling of brother Garth having scored 31.
Azmat was out soon after just four runs short of a half century.
Lewis Rimmer and Khurrum Nazir, the new batsmen had now to re-build the innings and they had put on 20 runs for the fourth wicket when Rimmer was out caught behind by the wicketkeeper for 11.
Khurrum continued to bat with some aplomb but unfortunately the next two Colne batsmen were not able to support him. Both Alex White and Martin Kegg were both sent back to the changing room without troubling the scorers. Colne had lost five quick wickets and had slumped from 89-1 to 114 -6.
New batsman Maz Clark and Khurrum Nazir put on 17 runs together and looked to be going well when Clark was out being caught off a low full toss. He had scored 11 runs. Kenton Rhodes was the next man in and he was soon out without scoring. Nazir followed soon after when the score was on 144. His innings of 21 had been crafted with patience and a cool head as a number of his team mates were losing theirs. The last pair of David Wallbank and Daneyal Qasim added 12 to the score and when Qasim was dismissed with just nine balls to go before the end of the innings Colne had scored 156. The Colne innings was probably 20 runs short of a good score on a difficult wicket. David Wallbank and Daneyal Qasim opened the bowling for Colne and both bowled with a good line and length. They had the Rishton batsmen playing and missing to a number of excellent balls and it wasn’t long before Wallbank had his first victim having Nuttall well caught by Khurrum in the slips for five. Qasim followed up soon after with a great ball which found the edge of Juliff’s bat and went to Rimmer who was fielding in the gully, he juggled the ball in true Tommy Cooper style and held on to take a fine catch.
Rishton were on 19-2 and Colne were in the ascendancy. Sean Wyse and pro Matthew Hulett had other ideas. They put on 60 for the third wicket before Wyse was dismissed LBW by Matthew Clark. It was to be the first of his five victims. Wickets now began to fall with some regularity but all the while the Rishton professional remained at the crease accumulating and chipping away at the score.
Azmatt took two wickets, another “Rimmer Juggler” and a sharp stumping by wicketkeeper Kenton Rhodes. When Rishton lost their ninth wicket with the score on 118 Colne scented victory. A stubborn last wicket stand of 41 by the professional, Hulett and Garth Wyse saw the home side home with just 2 balls to spare. Clarke with 5-39 was the pick of the Colne bowlers
Colne 3rds are at home on Saturday to Accrington and Colne are at home on Sunday to Bacup. Both games commence at 1pm.
On Saturday in the Clubhouse there will 2 big screens showing the England v Italy World Cup. Admission is £2 with food available.
○ Barnoldswick and Earby are both back in action this weekend after their games suffered the fate as Colne’s.
Barnoldswick are away to Brooksbottom in the Ramsbottom Cup quarter finals on Saturday before taking on Baxenden away in the league on Sunday.
Earby are at home to Great Harwood in the league on Sunday.