Khurrum’s best knock in vain as Colne still search for win

Khurrum Nazir
Khurrum Nazir

There were plus points in Colne’s two matches last weekend, despite the search for a first league win continuing.

The sun shone, the bar did good business, and the wretched April and May weather could be forgotten.

But on the field, two disappointing defeats left Colne firmly attached to the bottom of the table.

Colne batted first at Enfield after losing the toss, and the innings hardly got started.

The openers were out for singles, and batsmen three and four scored less than that to leave Colne 5-4.

Ammad Akram came in and batted for the rest of the innings over two hours, for a dogged 35.

He was supported by Sam Williamson (13), Kenton Rhodes (14), and Dave Wallbank (8), and a worthy 25 from Mr Extras took the score just over the century.

Hassan Fazal took 7-29 for Enfield, and his fellow opener Zahir Afzal bowled seven overs without conceding a run off the batsmen. He took 1-2 - a wide and a no-ball.

Enfield needed just over half their overs to beat that score. Wallbank, Shadley van Schalkwyk, and Holt took the three wickets to fall, and Enfield’s pro Moses scored 43.

Sunday’s game at home to Burnley was little better. Colne lost the toss again, and

Burnley chose to bat.

The main point of interest was the presence of the Tripathi brothers in the Burnley side – Vishal as sub-pro, Bharat as captain.

They each scored 43, former Colne player Qasim Ali scored 44, and Chris Burton top scored with 58.

The innings closed on an imposing 247-4.

The highlight of Colne’s innings was undoubtedly the innings of 77 from Khurrum Nazir.

It was his third 50 of the summer, taking 110 balls. He is the only amateur with 50 in a league game, though Adam Holt has done it twice in Twenty20 cricket.

Van Schalkwyk made 34, Akram 11, and no-one else in double figures as Colne faded to 155 all out.

Vishal Tripathi took 5-36, outshining his brother this time as Bharat took 1-18.

This weekend we hope for a change in results - but no change in the weather - as we

enter the second of four consecutive double-headers.

Tomorrow there is a home game with Todmorden, a rearranged fixture from May 11th.

And on Sunday the first XI travel to Rishton, while the second XI are at home against the same opposition.