Colne on receiving end against ‘House

Cricket action from the LCB Knockout Cup quarter-final between Lowerhouse and Burnley.'Burnley fast bowler Janghir Liaqat flying in.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'24-7-2016
Cricket action from the LCB Knockout Cup quarter-final between Lowerhouse and Burnley.'Burnley fast bowler Janghir Liaqat flying in. PIC BY ROB LOCK'24-7-2016
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Colne were on the receiving end on Sunday as Lowerhouse claimed their biggest-ever Lancashire League victory to keep up the pressure on leaders Walsden.

The West Enders eased home in the mini-derby at the Horsfield, by a club-record margin of 239 runs, with centuries for both Francois Haasbroek and professional Ockert Erasmus.

Skipper Ben Heap won the toss and elected to bat at Colne, and his opening partner Jon Finch was caught by former Nelson colleague Danny Kegg off home captain Matt Walker for eight, with the score at 17 after five overs.

But Heap and Erasmus put on 136 for the second wicket, both passing their half centuries by the halfway stage of the innings.

Heap had made 68, including four fours, when hewas caught by John Lambert off Chris Walton at 153.

Erasmus and Haasbroek went on to add 145 for the third wicket, before the pro was finally out for 106, with 12 fours, as he passed the 500-run mark for the season.

Haasbroek topped that haul with an unbeaten 118, with 14 fours and four sixes, as Lowerhouse closed on 320-4 in making an unbeaten 118 to help Lowerhouse to 320-4 – their second-highest score in league history.

In reply, Colne lost wickets at regular intervals.

Having lost their first wicket at 12, they lost three wickets for two runs to stumble to 35-4.

And with Jhangir Liaqat (pictured) absent hurt, Colne were dismissed for only 81 in 28.3 overs.

Former Nelson man Toxy Hussain took 5-21, Joe Hawke 2-33 – which saw him reach 200th Lancashire League wickets – and Paddy Martin 2-23.

David Spokes top-scored with 17 for Colne.

Colne are at Ladyhouse tomorrow to take on Milnrow in the league.