Colne secured a much-needed 12-point victory over Rishton at the Horsfield on Saturday.
Rishton won the toss and electing to bat first.
Colne soon made inroads into the batting lineup, with Dave Wallbank dismissing Matt Nuttall with only six runs on the board.
Colne knew that Rishton’s hopes of posting a defendable total lay in the hands of South African professional Kelly Smuts, and when Andy Hakin managed to entice an edge, the opportunity the send him back to the pavilion early was there. However, Billy Jamil was unable to hang onto the chance and Smuts survived.
It was to be one of four catches that went down during the Rishton innings on a day to forget in the field.
Smuts and new batsman Bradley Boddie combined to push Rishton onto 83 as they successfully withstood some excellent bowling from Hakin and Wallbank, who both hit a consistent line and length causing both batsmen to play and miss a number of times.
Colne professional Thomas Kaber who managed to find the breakthrough, dismissing Boddie for 32.
Maz Clark, who replaced Hakin from the Grange End, bowled with good pace and also found a consistent line and length which troubled the Rishton batsmen.
Kaber and Clark proceed to rip through the remaining Rishton batsmen, with Kaber picking up his first Lancashire League five-wicket haul, claiming 5-39 off 14 overs, and Clark recording impressive figures of 4-26 off 10.1 overs.
The pair managed to dismiss Rishton for 137 with Smuts top-scoring with 71.
Colne knew that victory would be achieved if they batted correctly and patiently.
The opening pair of Sam Tillotson and John Lambert did just that, navigating the first 11 overs before the first wicket fell, Lambert falling to Smuts with the score on 17.
Rishton opening bowler Matt Lambert bowled with real accuracy and consistency, swinging the ball away from the right handed batsmen, and got his reward, dismissing Tillotson, Joel Duerden and Kaber, leaving Colne at 32-4.
Colne needed stability and Billy Jamil and Tom Bradshaw provided it, scoring 31 before Jamil was bowled by Kelly Mall.
Colne captain Matt Walker built upon the good work done by Jamil and Bradshaw, who was next to fall, leg before to Rishton captain Garth Wyse with the score on 98 with 12 overs remaining.
Adam Holt came in and decided anything full and wide should be sent to the boundary, scoring 20 from 12 balls.
However with only six runs required for victory, Smuts clean bowled Walker for 36 - a solid innings off 49 balls with six boundaries.
Hakin and Maz Clark saw Colne to victory with 4.1 overs remaining.
Colne entertain Nelson tonight at the Horsfield in the Twenty20 competition (6-15 p.m.), followed by a sausage and cider festival in the clubhouse, with entertainment will be provided by Tom Scothern. Colne then host Todmorden on Sunday.