Colne lost by nine wickets for the second consecutive week, with defeat at Rishton leaving them precariously placed in 12th place in the league, just appoint above their conquerors.
Professional Thomas Kaber cried off at short notice with a shoulder injury, leaving Colne having to field 11 amateurs.
It was a very good toss to win, and Rishton captain and professional Kelly Smuts duly won it and had no hesitation in asking Colne to bat. The wicket was drying out after Friday’s rain, and the Colne batsmen found it liable to play tricks – both Tillotson and Bradshaw falling victim to good length balls that popped up.
There were only two significant partnerships in the innings. The first was between Tom Bradshaw (13) and Danny Kegg (18), worth 35 before being ended on Bradshaw’s top edged pull.
The other was worth 44 between Matthew Clark (27 not out) and Kenton Rhodes (27). Both batsmen showed common sense in selecting which balls were safe to hit, and Clark landed a couple of big sixes into Blackburn Road.
This at least took the innings over 100, with the final wicket falling after 29 overs, 113 all out.
Like Ramsbottom last week, the batsmen wasted no time. Smuts was perhaps fortunate to avoid an lbw verdict early in his innings, but went on to record 50 not out in leading his side to a comfortable victory. Bradley Boddie played one or two false shots early in his innings, but went on to bat with style and confidence in making 57 not out. The partnership was worth 108, and Rishton reached their target with 115-1 inside 20 overs. Andy Hakin took the only wicket.
Kaber will not be available this weekend, and the sub professionals are expected to be Joe Hawke, professional for Great Harwood, at Burnley tomorrow, and James Price of Milnrow, at home to Lowerhouse on Sunday.
The club is appealing for assistance from members and the local community, especially in respect of the junior section. If anyone is able to help out in any way, more details will be available in Sunday’s match programme, or by contacting the club.