Colne beaten by Bacup as rain rescues Nelson

Tom Bradshaw was one of five batsmen who failed to score against Bacup
Tom Bradshaw was one of five batsmen who failed to score against Bacup
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The only team to beat the rain on another wet weekend in the Lancashire League was Colne but Matt Walker’s side were unable to beat lowly Bacup at the Horsfield Ground.

Matthew Ramshead was the shining light for the visitors as the 26-year-old bowler claimed career best figures of 6-24, smashing his previous record of 3-32, to dismiss the hosts for 85.

The skipper top-scored with 17 for Colne when coming in at number seven with professional Yaseen Vallie (10), Danny Kegg (12) and Adam Holt (15) the only other players to scrape in to double figures.

And it was the loss of their leader that sparked the home side’s collapse as they lost their final five wickets for the addition of just four runs.

With the threat of rain looming, basement side Bacup reached their target inside 14 overs. Pakistan paid man Haseeb Azam opened with 24 while Ellis Hussey and Matt Thompson added respective knocks of 10 and 18 to the tally.

South African professional Vallie took three scalps at the expense of 50 runs from a six-over spell while Kegg added 2-27 though the pair were unable to restrict their opponents.

In the end Tim Farragher (7) and Matt Collinge saw the away side to a three-wicket win, securing only their second success of the season.

Colne share fourth spot in the table with rivals Nelson, sitting 15 points adrift of third place Lowerhouse, after accumulating three bonus points in the fixture.

Colne, rooted to the foot of the Pride of Pendle group, round off a dismal Twenty20 campaign against East Lancs at Alexandra Meadows tonight. They’ll then travel to Blackburn Road to take on Church in a league encounter tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Nelson’s Twenty20 journey is also over for another campaign as they were edged out by an excruciatingly narrow margin against Rishton.

The hosts booked a quarter-final place at Blackburn Road with a nail-biting two-run victory, helped by a 51-run stand for the fourth wicket by brothers Mark (47) and Matt Leathert (24).

Sam Halstead took 3-31 for the visitors and Toqir Hussain contributed with 2-18 as Rishton finished on 137-7.

Knocks of 46 from captain Neil Thompson and an unbeaten 29 from Richard Meade took the tie down to the wire but they didn’t quite have enough.

Nelson then took on leaders Ramsbottom, with the hosts making 220-6 at Acre Bottom before the rain came.

Professional Daryn Smit top scored with 72, including eight fours and a six. Harrison Phelan took 3-44 for Nelson.

Walker’s men entertain Bacup at Seedhill tonight in the final group game of the Twenty20 competition before hosting Enfield in the league tomorrow.