Colne’s wait for first win of the season goes on after latest defeat

Shadley van Schalkwyk
Shadley van Schalkwyk
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Colne suffered a nine-wicket defeat at East Lancashire as they go into the final five games of the season still searching for a first league win.

The Horsfield side fell to an 18th defeat of the campaign at Alexandra Meadows on Sunday, in a game which finished in double-quick time.

Colne skipper Matt Walker won the toss and decided to bat, but the batting line-up disintegrated to 78 all out as home professional Ockert Erasmus took 4-8 and Mark Bolton 3-30.

Colne paid man Shadley van Schalkwyk was the only batsman to reach double figures, making 27.

Colne went from 10-2 to 43-3, but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, leaving East Lancashire a routine task.

And they knocked off the winning runs inside 21 overs, to end the game at 4-45 p.m.

Openers Mo Bhada and Dan Lord put on 67 for the first wicket to take East Lancs to the brink of victory, before Bhada was caught behind by Sam Tillotson off Matt Clark for 28.

But Lord went on to hit an unbeaten 40 from 59 balls, including eight fours, while Minhaj Bhada finished on four not out.

Colne host Rishton on Sunday, with four more games to follow against Lowerhouse, derby rivals Nelson, next bottom Bacup and champions-elect Accrington in their quest to avoid becoming the first side not to win a Lancashire League game all season.