CHAMPIONS Lowerhouse recorded their second win in two days on Bank Holiday Monday with a solid team performance against a confident Colne side, who, 24 hours earlier, had surprisingly defeated Haslingden at Bentgate.
Batting first on a cold, almost wintry afternoon in front of a sparse crowd, the majority of which were Lowerhouse supporters, Colne lost wickets at regular intervals.
Joe Hawke accounted for the openers Matt Wilson and Lewis Rimmer, and professional Francois Haasbroek had Matt Nutter and home professional Shadley van Schalkwyk adjudged lbw.
Van Schalkwyk made it obvious that he disagreed with the umpire’s decision.
Both opening bowlers were replaced after 16 overs by talented youngsters Fergus Bailey and Matt Walker, who continued the procession to the dressing rooms by ripping out Colne’s lower middle order, reducing the home side to 70-8.
The returning Hawke provided the defending champions with two bowling points, closing with figures of 4-27 and a 10-wicket haul in two matches on his return to the club.
Ben Heap (pictured) and Johnny Whitehead began the reply, and there was an early suceess for Colne as Whitehead was brilliantly stumped by Tillotson from a leg side wide delivery.
Heap and Joe Martin took control, Martin playing some delightful leg side glances off his hip, as van Schalkwyk strove for pace rather than accuracy.
The winning total was reached in the 26th over with both batsman untroubled.
A good solid performance from the Lowerhouse players to secure their second maximum return of the 2012 season.
The West Enders are at Bacup tomorrow for the first fixed free date, and they host Nelson on Sunday in the mini-derby.
Meanwhile, Burnley’s Bank Holiday Monday saw them lose out to Nelson at Turf Moor.
A day with a mixed weather saw the start delayed for an hour while the drizzle stopped.
Nelson were inserted and Burnley started well, with both Cole Hayman (1-27) and professional Adnan Rasool bowling well to keep the visitors in check on a good wicket.
Nelson continued to make steady progress, with the reliable James Capstick (2-37 off 13 overs) and Rasool (4-68) restricting the visitors to 178 off 41 overs.
In reply, Burnley got off to a flying start and were 30-1 off five overs with the loss of Josh Whitehead.
The response was built on Qasim Ali (29) and Dan Pickup (30), but when the home side were reduced to 106-5, the rate required was six an over, with the hosts just off the pace - with rain threatening.
It was down to Rasool, who scored a run-a-ball 44, and shared partnerships with captain Steve Brunt and Gus Whitehead (18 not out).
But with 11 required off the last over, Burnley fell seven runs short and claimed five points out of a game which could have gone either way.
Burnley look to get their first win under their belts away at Haslingden tomorrow, before they entertain Colne on Sunday.
In the Holdsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale League, Padiham are at Barnoldswick, while Read host Great Harwood.