Colne showed worrying signs of returning to their early-season form in a heavy defeat at home to Enfield on Saturday.
Colne were bowled out for 114 in 40.2 overs, and could keep Enfield occupied for just 21.1 overs in their reply of 115-1.
Skipper Matt Walker won the toss, and chose to bat. John Lambert (0), Adam Holt (17), Joel Duerden (11) and Tom Bradshaw (2) had been and gone with the score at 52-4, and the best partnership of the innings followed between professional Thomas Kaber and wicketkeeper Sam Tillotson. They had added 39 before Tillotson was out to a bat-pad catch off Enfield professional Graeme van Buuren.
Careful batting took Colne past 100 before the next wicket fell, but a couple of controversial decisions removed any chance of building a big score. Both Kaber and Danny Kegg were given out lbw playing forward to Simon O’Loughlin, a left arm slow bowler coming round the wicket. Bowling from the edge of the crease, he would have had to turn it like Shane Warne to get the ball to pitch in front and go on to hit the stumps; he was not obtaining that sort of spin. These were two of five lbw decisions in the innings.
The rest of the side subsided quickly, Walker 10 not out followed by three ducks. Colne’s score did not look anything like a challenging target, and so it proved. Liam Bedford scored 68 untroubled runs not out; the only wicket fell when Danny Kegg induced Lewis Wright to clip a ball straight to Walker for 23. The match was over by 5-10 p.m.
This weekend’s game is tomorrow at Rishton, one of two clubs below Colne in the table.
Friday night’s game against the Golf Club resulted in a Cricket Club victory. Matthew Wilson and Jeff Ellis for the golfers, and David Swarbrick for the cricketers, rolled back the years with lively innings, and the pick of the bowlers was Sam Tillotson. He destroyed the Golf Club middle order with 4-1 run in two overs. It seems unlikely that this form will translate into the Lancashire League!