Leaders show why they are unbeaten

Colne Cricket Club player - John Lambert
Colne Cricket Club player - John Lambert
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Colne were unable to do what no other Lancashire League club has done so far this season, and beat leaders Walsden on Saturday.

The newcomers claimed a 12th win from as many games following their departure from the Central Lancashire League, easing past Matt Walker’s side by 168 runs at the Horsfield.

Walsden won the toss and elected to bat, and amassed a huge total of 330-4 in their 50 overs.

Jake Hooson and Josh Gale put on 76 for the first wicket to set the visitors’ stall out, with John Lambert (pictured) making the breakthrough, having the latter caught by professional James Price for 55, which included eight fours and a maximum.

Colne claimed two more wickets in quick succession to leave Walsden at 85-3, as Hooson was caught behind by Craig Walton off Andy Hakin for 23. And 85-3 became 109-4 when James Rawlinson was caught by Adam Holt off Lambert for 25.

That would be the last wicket to fall, however, as professional Umesh Karunaratne and Joe Gale put on an unbroken partnership worth 221.

The Sri Lankan hit an unbeaten 86, with 10 fours and a six, and Gale finished unbeaten on 119 – which, remarkably, came off only 58 balls, including 10 fours and seven sixes.

Lambert finished with 2-64 and Hakin 2-17.

In reply, Colne were dismissed for 162 in 40.2 overs.

Opener Kenton Rhodes and Walton both made 40, while there was stubborn resistance in the tail, as skipper Walker (10), Hakin (17 not out) and Lambert (10) made double figures, while the total was boosted by 20 extras.

Stevie Barker took 4-28 and Martin Harlow 3-37 for Walsden.

Colne travel to Dill Hall Lane to take on Enfield on Sunday.