Mansoor’s first ton!

Captain Antony Staford is pictured with Dominic from Valley Windows and Conservatories, who have provided a matchball and raffle prize
Captain Antony Staford is pictured with Dominic from Valley Windows and Conservatories, who have provided a matchball and raffle prize

For the second week in a row, Colne won a high scoring match at the Horsfield on Sunday.

This time Enfield were the opponents, and an excellent team performance, coupled with professional Mansoor Amjad’s first century for Colne, resulted in a 33-run victory.

Mansoor followed his good innings last week with an even better one, and batted beautifully to guide Colne to a good score. He received support from Nathan Whitehead (13) in a third-wicket partnership of 50, and played a supporting role to Matthew Walker (37) in a fifth-wicket partnership of 57. John Lambert (17) and Bav Patel (13) provided sensible support until Mansoor reached his century with three boundaries in four balls off Wrigley, and was caught two balls later for an otherwise chanceless 101.

Adam Holt and Nigel Rimmer, with 14 runs each, provided a final flourish, and Colne finished 241 all out - a good total, but on a dry wicket, close to the Keighley Road boundary, there was still work to be done.

Holt and Walker opened the bowling, and Walker struck first from the Bowling Green end. Asif Fazal connected with a powerful square cut and was brilliantly caught by Whitehead at point, and next ball, professional Werner Coetsee was clean bowled. Sam Tillotson pulled off another very fine leg side stumping off a wide by Whitehead, and Colne were in the box seat, Enfield 41-3.

But Liam Jackson and Adam Bracewell are both former professionals, and batted nicely to take the score to 116 before the decisive blows fell. Whitehead did the damage, having Jackson caught behind off the fourth ball of the over, and bowling Bracewell off his pads with the sixth. After that, Enfield could not keep up with the run rate. Mansoor controlled one end and took a couple of wickets, and Whitehead bowled a marathon spell of 19.1 overs from the Grange End, taking well-deserved figures of 6-92.

The third XI’s game on Saturday produced even more runs. The top four Colne batsmen all passed 50 – Rhys Whitehead 52, Sam Williamson 86, Kenton Rhodes 66, and Chris Williamson 68 – in a total of 355-7 from 46 overs. Rishton in reply made 246-8.

There are two matches at the Horsfield this weekend. Tomorrow, the first XI entertain Church, and on Sunday, the thirds play Lowerhouse. Both matches start at 1 p.m.

DAVID ROE