Colne slump to seasonal low as leaders shoot locals out for 33

David Wallbank claimed a career best 5-27 against the leaders
David Wallbank claimed a career best 5-27 against the leaders

Colne were shot out for a Lancashire League seasonal low of 33 by leaders Lowerhouse on Sunday, having dominated the opening hour of play.

The West Enders made light work of the Horsfield side, as they chased 139-9 at Liverpool Road.

Colne had earlier held the upper hand, with Lowerhouse in trouble at 24-5 on a wicket greener than the Lord’s test wicket, as David Wallbank took his best ever figures of 5-27.

But Paddy Martin (33) and Joe Hawke (35) put on 70 for the sixth wicket to repair the innings.

Ben Gorton then hit 17, before Joe Martin (11) and Chris Bleazard (11 not out) shared 22 to take their tally to 139-9.

In reply, Joel Duerden and Michael Wrigglesworth were joint top scorers with 7, but Lowerhouse bowled faster and straighter than Colne, and anything fast, straight and a good length was almost impossible to hit.

Certainly scoring runs was beyond the Colne batsmen. They got their heads down and battled, but after 24.2 overs of struggle, the side was bowled out for 33. Extras contributed 12.

Colne’s host Accrington in a rearranged game tomorrow, before a trip to Burnley on Sunday.