Colne’s recent run of form came to an end on Sunday with a heavy defeat at Ramsbottom.
Ramsbottom batted first and made 251-7, before strengthening their position in second place in the league, bowling Colne out for 95.
Matthew Walker took the wicket of Rothwell, caught behind with the score on only 2, and Joel Duerden had Cropper caught by Hakin, which meant that Ramsbottom professional Daryn Smit came to the crease. Smit this season, including Sunday, has scored 1,126 runs in 17 innings for an average of 140.8, far and away the leading pro in the league.
Smit was unperturbed by Colne’s bowling, seeing out the remainder of the innings without giving a chance. Acceleration at the end of the innings saw him to 114 not out, with Colne’s professional Thomas Kaber and John Lambert taking a couple of wickets each.
Colne had to chase what would have been their highest score of the season, against one of the league’s best bowling attacks. Smit, not content with being the league’s top batsman, is also the league’s top bowler with 65 wickets at 7.8 each. His leg breaks accounted for five Colne batsmen for 26 runs, with Ramsbottom’s trio of 40-odd year old veterans Haslam, Read and Fielding accounting for the rest.
Tillotson was the pick of the batsmen with a well-crafted 21 not out, but Colne did not come close to challenging the target.
Tomorrow sees Enfield visit the Horsfield for a 1 p.m. start. But before that, a special challenge match tonight sees aColne Cricket Club XI play a Colne Golf Club XI in a Twenty20 match to raise funds for the club. Admission is free, but there will be collecting boxes at the entrance for donations. The Cricket Club team is expected to include David Swarbrick, Paul Wilson, Richard Murgatroyd, Stuart Lemon and John Whiteside Jnr; the Golf Club team has Matthew Wilson, Nick Moulding, Jeff Ellis, Matthew Constable, Ryan Procter and Jack Mansfield. The match starts at 6 p.m., followed by live entertainment from The Joe Publix, from 9 p.m.