Colne lose out to Burnley in basement battle at Horsfield

Shadley van Schalkwyk
Shadley van Schalkwyk

Colne were leapfrogged by Burnley at the wrong end of the table on Sunday, after losing their basement battle at The Horsfield.

Having won the toss, Burnley elected to bat, but were soon in trouble as they faltered to 33-5 then 39-6, as only Chris Burton held firm, with medium pacer Maz Clark taking a career-best 5-35 off 13 to leave the visitors in trouble.

A partnership of 51 with Burton and Aidan Tate (18), moving the score onto 90, a couple of quick wickets left the visitors in a perilous position of 109-8.

Youngster Ali Syed (8) stayed with Burton, who was going through the gears, and put on 56 as he scored his 50 off 79 balls, and went onto dominate the innings with a classy 111 off only 118 balls as Burnley finished on 175 all out with 12 fours and a six.

In reply, the opening bowlers had Colne on the back foot as they fell to 13-4, with Cole Hayman taking 2-19 off seven overs and Jhangir Liaqat 2-8 off seven overs.

Hayman bowled quickly and dispatched the sub pro Saeed Anwar junior for a duck, caught behind by man of the match Burton.

Despite some resistance in the middle order, professional Chris Holt took 5-63 off 16 overs and skipper Bharat Tripathi 1-63 off 14 overs to bowl Colne all out for 152, despite contributions by Khurram Nazir (35), Andy Hakin (29) and David Wallbank (20 not out) to take a maximum 12 points and take Burnley off the bottom of the league, with Bacup taking their place.

Colne remain second bottom, in 13th place.

On Friday night, Lowerhouse knocked off Colne’s 166-3 - in a 16 overs match - in 10.2 overs at The Horsfield, winning by eight wickets.

Pienaar crashed 60 off just 18 balls, with seven fours and four sixes, as he put on 108 for the first wicket with Whitehead, whose 72 came off 33 balls.

Earlier sub professional Shadley van Schalkwyk, back in action for Colne after two previous seasons as paid man, hit 59 not out off 25 balls, including four fours and four sixes, while Alex White made 56 from 25 balls, with five sixes and five fours, in Colne’s 166-3.

This weekend, Colne are at Haslingden in the league tomorrow, with the Worsley Cup Finals taking place on Sunday between Burnley and Nelson, and Rawtenstall and Lowerhouse.