Positives in defeat for Colne
Colne started the season with a 98-run defeat against Accrington at the Horsfield on Sunday.
Accrington batted first and made 181 all out, with opener Ramiz Hussain top scoring with 38, as Johnathan Nation took 3-26 and Andy Hakin 3-39 for Colne.
And Colne were then dismissed for 83, Chris Walton (23) and Hakin (15) the only batsmen in double figures.
But Colne skipper Matt Walker felt there were some positive signs on the day: “You always want to get off to a good start, and I thought we were capable of that against Accrington, who have lost a couple of players over the winter.
“It was a good chance to hit the ground running, and, over the course of the game, it was good to see Jangy (Jhangir Liaqat) playing in a Colne shirt, and he was a bit unfortunate not to pick up a couple of wickets. He bowled well without reward.
“Seeing the pro (James Price) with the ball for the first time was promising as well.
“Andy Hakin, I think, probably was a little bit disappointed with his first spell, but he returned and picked up the wickets at a time when we needed them, or to stem the flow.
“Three wickets is a good start for him personally.”
Colne are at Haslingden on Sunday, and Walker anticipates another tough game: “Haslingden missed out again, and they lost a number of players over the winter as well, but still look a good, strong side, with experience.
“They had Daryn Smit as sub pro last week, so we’ll see who they have this week, but it will be a difficult game, but a chance to pick up 12 points.”
Walker could be without a couple of key players as well: “Danny Kegg was ill last weekend, and is touch and go, and Sam Tillotson could miss out as he picked up a thumb injury, a typical wicket keeper’s injury.
“But George Braithwaite is available. We thought he would miss the season with family commitments, but has decided he will play, so he will feature for one of the sides this weekend.”