Colne achieved their second win in three weeks and the third league win this season, with a tense but deserved victory at Bacup last Sunday.
All three wins have followed the same pattern – Colne bowl their opponents out with a late flurry of wickets, lose early wickets, but grind out a two-wicket win.
After winning the toss, Colne asked Bacup to bat. Opening bat Adam Highley made 35 before Thomas Kaber caught and bowled him, but the game changed when the dismissals of Tim Farragher (21) and professional Haseeb Azam (9) took Bacup from 90-2 to 99-4.
Joel Duerden (5-28) took those vital wickets, and he and Kaber (4-41) cleaned up the tail.
The fielding was a strong point, but the black mark against the bowlers was that Mr. Extras made the top score of 37, though the umpires took a strict view of offside wides as well as leg side.
Without those extras Colne’s target could have been significantly less than Bacup’s 133 all out.
Azam, a bowler with a pedigree in first class cricket with Rawalpindi, made good use of the conditions. There was movement to be found off the seam as well as a certain amount of swing in the damp conditions, and Azam exploited both. He dismissed both openers, though John Lambert (25) may have been unlucky to given out lbw from a ball which may have been going over the top of the stumps.
Kaber (8) was also given lbw, to Ramshead, in the same over as he survived being bowled off a no ball.
When Adam Holt was very smartly caught as slip for 2, Colne were 72-6.
Duerden was the man who held the innings together with a match-winning innings of 23 not out. He faced over 70 deliveries, but stout defence and the ability to score off the bad ball resulted in partnerships of 22 with Rhodes (14), 16 with Walker (4), and 24 with Hakin (8).
Mr. Extras reached 39, and the match was won when Hakin hit a perfect straight drive down the ground for four to climb off the bottom of the league.
This weekend, Colne have a double header against Church. Tonight Colne visit Church in the T20, at 6-15 p.m., and tomorrow Church come to Colne in the league.