Colne claimed one of the standout wins on the opening day of the Lancashire League season, beating Accrington by seven wickets at Thorneyholme Road.
Andy Hakin took best figures of 5-25 for Matt Walker’s side as the hosts were dismissed for 103, while professional Yaseen Vallie added 2-24, with Sam Tillotson claiming four victims behind the stumps.
And Vallie hit 41 not out in reply to see the Horsfield side home with three wickets down.
Skipper Walker was delighted with his side: “It was a very good victory on a difficult deck, and it was nice to start the season with a win and 12 points.
“It was also good to see Yaseen hit the ground running with a couple of wickets and 40-odd not out.
“It can be difficult to adapt to the early season conditions in the UK, but Yas performed impeccably.
“And it was a good all-round bowling and fielding display – Andy Hakin bowled well for his five wickets, along with Yas, Danny Kegg and new signing Uzair Khalid.”
Walker added: “I’m delighted with the start and hopefully performances like this will enable us to climb up the table and finish in a much more respectable position.
“As always, the league is very competitive, but we believe that come September we can be finishing somewhere in mid-table.
“We’re pleased with the winter signings, who add competition and quality to our squad.
“We now have two tough games this weekend against Rawtenstall, who will be buoyant following their victory against Todmorden, and East Lancs, who will be looking to improve following their heavy opening day defeat to Lowerhouse.”
Keiren Grimshaw top-scored for Accrington with 33 from 88 balls – all run – with Jon Hayhurst adding 14 and captain Graeme Sneddon 10.
In reply, new signing Matt Nutter fell to professional Ockert Erasmus for one, and Erasmus also removed Tillotson for 10.
Tom Bradshaw hit 23 off 49 balls before Simon Hanson sent him back at 45, but Vallie and Joel Duerden (7 not out) put on 62 to see Colne over the line.
Colne are at Rawtenstall tomorrow and host East Lancs on Sunday.
Nelson, however, started with a nine-wicket defeat at home to Church.
Neil Thompson’s men were dismissed for 85 after losing the toss at Seedhil, as professional Zain Abbas took 4-15 and Levi Wolfenden 4-16.
Russell (9) and Lewis Bradley (23) had shared 25 for the first wicket, but only Richard Meade (12) reached double figures after that, with the last eight wickets going for 42 runs.
Abbas and Josh Scully took Church to 37 without loss before the latter was removed by Khurram Nazir for 12, but that was the only wicket to fall.
Abbas finished unbeaten on 39 and Wolfenden on 22.
Thompson said: “I didn’t expect that at all. They got the rub of the green winning the toss and putting us in on a softish wicket, and we were well below par – about 130-150 would have been difficult to chase. They put the ball in the right areas, asked the right questions and held all their catches. Church then batted really well chasing a lower total. It didn’t help losing Ryan Canning without scoring to a good ball, and a good low catch, and it was a disappointing afternoon.”
Nelson have the chance to bounce back this weekend when they host Rishton tomorrow, before travelling to Bacup on Sunday: “We have to make sure Sunday is a distant memory. It’s Rishton’s first run out on grass, and Bacup had a heavy defeat as well. We lost all four games against both sides last season so we want to put that right.”
l After the Ribblesdale League washout last weekend, Barnoldswick host Clitheroe tomorrow, while Earby are at Euxton.