Colne denied in dramatic finale

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Colne fell agonisingly short of victory in the highest-scoring Lancashire League game of the day on Sunday as they were leapfrogged in the table by Haslingden.

Haslingden won the toss and decided to bat at Bentgate, and posted a total of 233-7 in their 50 overs.

Phill Hayes continued his recent form as the opener made 95, including eight fours and two sixes.

He was backed up by Lewis McIntosh (30), captain – and Colne footballer – Alex Coleman (20), Graham Knowles (19) and Lee Ingham (15).

Colne’s sub professional Ernest Kemm took 4-64 off 17 overs.

The South African then produced with the bat as well, top-scoring with 78, including eight fours, before perishing in the final over as Colne finished 10 runs short.

Haslingden professional Babar Naeem took 5-62, with three wickets coming in that last over, which Colne started requiring 13 to win, with four wickets remaining.

Captain Matt Walker made 31, Matt Nutter 27, Craig Walton 20, Sam Tillotson 11 and Joel Duerden 10.

Mr Extras added 43, but Colne fell short.

Colne are at home to Rawtenstall tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Nelson were beaten by four wickets at home to Todmorden, as they were forced to settle for a share of fourth place by Haslingden.

Todmorden’s Simon Newbitt made a crucial contribution with the bat, as he hit 73 from 110 balls, including eight fours.

The opener was out with just five required to win, caught by Michael Bradley off skipper Neil Thompson, but Todmorden got over the line inside 40 overs.

Newbitt shared 35 with Ben Pearson before the latter was out to David Crotty for 17.

Crotty then had professional Ashton Turner lbw first ball.

But Newbitt anchored the innings, with no one else able to reach double figures.

Thompson took 3-35 and Crotty 2-25.

Turner took 5-16 as Nelson were bowled out for 122, with Russell Bradley top-scoring with 37.

Billy Jamil added 28, Thompson 11 and Crotty 10, but Nelson went from 112-5 to 122 all out.

Nelson are at Rishton tomorrow.