It was another pointless weekend for Colne, as last Saturday’s game finished in an easy 10-wicket win for visitors Church.
Colne struggled to 146 all out from 49 overs, only to see the Church openers knock off the runs.
Both Joel Duerden (7) and Alex White (4) were out early, which meant that opener Tom Bradshaw (pictured) and professional Ali Azmat were at the wicket to try and steady the ship. And steady it they did, possibly to too great an extent, with only one run scored in a seven-over spell.
The pair got things moving to add 76 for the third wicket, with Bradshaw scoring his highest score for Colne of 48, and the pro getting 38, but no-one else was able to pick up the innings after their dismissals.
Kenton Rhodes made 14, but was the only other man in double figures.
Once again, Colne proved that they struggle to bat against professional spin bowlers, as Usman Tariq took 5-38 with his leg spin
Lloyd Aspin took 3-31.
Colne used six bowlers in the Church innings, with Bradshaw the last of them, bowling two balls for two runs when the game was truly up.
Azmat opened the bowling but was unable to torment the Church batsmen in the same way Usman had tormented the Colners.
Usman scored 60 not out, fellow-opener Levi Wolfended did even better with 81 not out, and even though Colne gave away far fewer extras than usual (only six), Church knocked off the runs using barely half the overs.
The result saw Colne drop to 13th in the table.
Rishton and Bacup were the two teams below Colne before the match, and have recently been losing consistently.
However, they played each other on Sunday, and Rishton won easily, thus overtaking Colne and sending Colne back into the re-election places.
The bottom two clubs must apply for re-election each year, though this is normally a formality – the league has been running since 1892 and no club has ever failed to be re-elected.
This weekend’s game is on Sunday, and is away to Enfield.
The second XI will be at home in the reverse fixture.
The Worsley Cup final, which was rained off last Sunday, will be played today (weather permitting) at Rawtenstall, with Burnley being the visitors.