Colne suffer opening day defeat to Accrington

The Horsfield, Colne.
The Horsfield, Colne.
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Colne lost out by 32 runs against Accrington in their opening game on Sunday.

The sun shone for part of the day, but single-figure temperatures and a cold northerly wind made it no day to be sitting out. The tea room was kept busy.

New professional Thomas Kaber arrived on Wednesday this week, so in his absence Luke Procter of Lancashire deputised as professional. He opened the bowling from the bowling green end, and dismissed both openers to have Accrington in trouble at 12 for 2. A third wicket fell in his opening spell, all three wickets clean bowled.

Returning veteran John Lambert took three wickets in the middle order, including a sharp caught and bowled, though crucially Ockert Erasmus, the Accrington pro, was not out.

Hakin took a wicket, Procter returned and took one more, but Erasmus was admirably supported by number 10 batsman Jimmy Hayhurst and took Accrington from the perilous position of 138-8 to a final score of 193-8 in the 50 overs. Erasmus made 65 in 105 balls with only one six and a four, and Hayhurst was 27 not out at the end. Colne did keep extras down to a respectable 13.

The Colne innings opened brightly with 15 off the first over, helped by a number of wides, but then things ground to a halt. Six batsmen reached double figures, but the highest scorer was professional Procter with 22. Wides scored29, out of a total of 38 extras! The highest partnership of 33 was between Sam Tillotson, back wicket-keeping this season, and Alex White, but this promising innings was sadly cut short after too long a discussion of the wisdom of going for a second run. In the end Colne were bowled out for 161 with an over to spare, and obtained two batting bonus points.

The weekend sees two games on the Horsfield. The second XI are at home to East Lancs tomorrow, while the first XI play the reverse fixture, and on Sunday the firsts are at home again to Rawtenstall, with Kaber likely to make his debut.