Two defeats for Colne CC

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Colne suffered two defeats on a high-scoring weekend of cricket, with over 200 runs scored in each of the four innings.

Against Accrington on the Horsfield on Saturday, Colne lost by 45 runs in taking away a single bonus point; no bonus points were to be had in the 8-wicket defeat by Burnley on Sunday.

Accrington made good use of a batting wicket after winning the toss, and although Matthew Clark took a wicket in the first over, a 50 for the Accrinton professional Erasmus, and forties for Sam Excell and Ali Hasham took the total to 254-7 from the 50 overs

Colne took wickets late on to prevent the score getting too out of hand, and Khurrum Nazir finished with 4-73 from his 17 overs.

Colne needed a big score from professional Ali Azmat, and this time it was not forthcoming as he mistimed a pull and was caught for 19.

Nazir featured with the bat, scoring 40, and Matthew Walker gave Colne an unexpected bonus point with a very breezy innings of 46, including five sixes and two fours, before Clark forgot the unwritten law of cricket – when your captain calls you for a quick single, you run – and Walker was run out in the last over. Colne made 209-9.

On Sunday, Colne won the toss and chose to bat, and were all out for 201 with three balls remaining.

Azmat reached 50 for the fourth time this season, but was unable to extend the innings further.

Joel Duerden (38) and Nazir (35) were the other major contributors, and the last six wickets fell for 18 as the tail end batsmen (apart from Clark, 9 not out) perished in the chase for quick runs.

Chris Holt, former amateur for Colne and now professional for Burnley, took 3-91.

The Burnley openers, Daniel Pickup (53) and Holt (55), each reached 50y before Adam Holt dismissed them both in the space of three overs, after an opening partnership of 116.

But these were the only successes for Colne, as Josh Whitehead and Chris Burton took the total to 205-2 from 42.2 overs and a comfortable win for Burnley.

Colne are at home to Enfield on Sunday, and will be welcoming the Sky TV cameras to the Horsfield.

Colne have been chosen to be featured on the “Club Life” programme to be shown at lunch during a future Test Match.