Lowerhouse loss means Colne remain rooted to bottom

Andy Hakin was unable to inspire Colne to victory against Lowerhouse
Andy Hakin was unable to inspire Colne to victory against Lowerhouse

Colne were made to rue the prolific partnership of Lowerhouse pair Jonny Whitehead and Fergus Bailey as a 103-run defeat at Liverpool Road left them rooted to the foot of the Lancashire League table.

The duo combined with a 147-run stand for the second wicket as the hosts culminated the innings on 237-5.

Whitehead fired 95, the best knock of his Lancashire League tenure, to put the defending champions in the ascendancy while his partner added 55 runs to the equation.

However, the pairing of Sam Tillotson and Colne paid man Thomas Kaber brought an end to their respective contributions.

Skipper Matt Walker was run out for six before Declan Bailey and Dominic Stuart saw out the innings with respective knocks of five and six.

In reply, Patrick Martin claimed figures of 6-30 from 12.5 overs, also a personal best, as the visitors struggled for momentum at the Neville Gee (Recruitment) Ground.

John Lambert top scored with 33 for Matt Walker’s side as he put on 43 for the opening wicket with Tillotson (16).

Tom Bradshaw (10), Walker (17) and Andy Hakin (19) were the only others to post double figures as the away side fell well below their target.

The result left Colne 15 points adrift of closest rivals Rishton, ahead of their meeting at the Horsfield tomorrow.

Firstly, though, Colne travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley in the Twenty20 competition tonight, looking to remedy the five wicket loss against Bacup.