De Villiers thwarts improving Colne

Colne's Andy Hakin opens the bowling against Rawenstall.
Colne's Andy Hakin opens the bowling against Rawenstall.
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Following the recent good run of results Colne were looking to continue their currentform against East Lancashire at the Horsfield on Saturday.

With East Lancs only two points and two places above them in the table, it was a game that could have gone either way.

Colne won the toss and elected to bat first, but did not get the start they wanted with both MattClark and Sam Tillotson clean bowled by East Lancs professional JP De Villiers with only 17 runs scored.

Things did not improve as Colne found themselves 28-3 when professional Thomas Kaber edged behind to wicketkeeper Matt Egan off the bowling of East Lancs captain Mark Bolton.

s East Lancs looked to roll through the remaining Colne batsmen, they were treated to a show of defiance. Namely from Joel Duerden, who anchored the innings during a fantastic knock of 63 not out.

uerden received good support from Tom Bradshaw, who was harshly adjudged to have left his crease and given out stumped, Danny Kegg who scored 21 and skipper Matt Walker who scored 30 in a sixth wicket stand of 52 with Duerden. Duerden faced 120 balls for his 63 not out and battered for over two hours. The Colne innings closed on 179-9 from 48 overs, with two overs lost due to a short rain break.

On a good batting wicket Colne needed early wickets to put East Lancs under pressure; they were duly taken by pace bowler Andrew Hakin who picked up the wickets of Mark Lomas, caught by Walker at gulley. Chris Riley, caught by Tom Bradshaw at cover and Sohail Mohammed, caught behind by

Tillotson. This left East Lancs 34-3. However De Villiers batted throreughout nearly all rest of of the innings in scoring 73 to see his side to victory. He was ably supported by John Turner and Mo Bhada who scored 21 and 16 respectively.

No matter what Colne tried they unable to remove the East Lancs professional, who offered only a couple of half chances during his match-winning knock. Danny Kegg was the pick of the Colne bowlers, recording figures of 10 overs, 2-30, with Hakin’s match figures 13 overs, 3-63.

olne travel to Ramsbottom on Sunday and host a guest XI from Colne Golf Club on Friday, August 7th in a fundraising Twenty20 match on the Horsfield.

The Golf Club XI is set to contain a many former players, namely Jeff Ellis, Matt Wilson, Ryan Procter, Chris Heap and Jack Mansfield, who will be pitting their wits against many of the current first XI, along with a number of their former colleagues.

The post match Tentertainment will be provided by former Colne professional Joe Scuderi’s band The Joe Publix, who will be performing in the bar from around 9 p.m.

Entry is free for all, however donation buckets will be present at all gates, where all donations are greatly appreciated.

For further details please contact Matt Walker on 07738621958 or playersofcolnecc@gmail.com