Colne’s good form continued at home to Church on Saturday, with a third win in four league games.
After posting a score of 160 all out, Colne bowled Church out for 137 and collected a maximum 12 points.
Church won the toss on the first hot, sunny day of the season, and asked Colne to bat.
The early amateur batsmen made good starts, but were unable to build big innings.
Matt Clark (10), Matt Walker (15), and Sam Tillotson (14) were out when Joel Duerden joined professional Thomas Kaber.
This pair made the only substantial partnership of the innings, adding 49 before Duerden was caught behind off Church pro Usman Tariq.
Duerden is proving to be a steady batsman in the middle order, of the sort that Colne have been lacking for years.
In each of the last two weeks he has played a vital innings when the game was in the balance, and on this occasion his 21 was a key contribution to taking Colne from 57-3 to 106-4.
Professional Kaber started to accelerate, but on 46, while pulling Sartaj to long leg, he stepped back a fraction too far and his heel clipped the stumps.
Colne struggled to 1439, but Holt (11) and Andy Hakin (6 not out) put on an important 17 runs for the last wicket.
Church opened the innings with Tariq, the professional, who looked like winning the game on his own.
He batted for 12 overs, scoring 46 in a partnership of 57 (of which fellow opener Scully scored 4).
Kaber induced an edge with extra turn and bounce, and Walker took the first of his three slip catches.
Kaber bowled a 12-over spell from the bowling green end, probably his best spell of the season so far, and took the first four wickets to fall as Church stumbled to 70-4.
Kaber was rested and was replaced by Danny Kegg, making his first XI debut for Colne – he played junior cricket at Colne before moving to Nelson.
Kegg took the wickets of the two Gaskills, the only amateur batsmen to reach double figures.
Jack was stumped by Tillotson, Joel caught at point by Pollard.
Hakin took the off stumps of Tucker and Dawson, and the final wicket was a runout when Basharat, running to the danger end, ran two, while Gilrane settled for only one.
Last Friday’s Twenty20 group game was also against leaders Church, and resulted in a three-wicket defeat for Colne.
The final Twenty20 game is tonight at home to Lowerhouse, and although Colne are eliminated, Lowerhouse can clinch a place in the semifinals with a win.
Tomorrow, Colne are at home to Haslingden.