Lancashire Colts suffered a double defeat last weekend, losing to Morecambe and Darwen in the ECB Northern Premier League
Morecambe v Colts on Saturday, 13th August 2011
Lancashire Colts were comprehensively beaten by 7 wickets by Morecambe in the first of two games at weekend.
Having won the toss, Lancashire Colts lost opener Salem Quereshi early for 0, bowled by Morecambe overseas bowler Anwar Ali. Fellow opener Mark Walling then fell shortly after for 9 (caught) off Cumberland bowler Chris Williams to leave Lancs at 11-2 (4 overs in) and in early trouble. The Colts suffered a further blow when no.4 bat Min Bahada fell for 4 (caught), to leave the visitors on 34-3 (off 11 overs) and give Williams his second victim.
However, a 4th wicket parnership of 122 by Joe Martin and Jack Taylor ensured Lancs got back on course. Both went past fifty with Martin hitting 60 off 133 balls (6x4s) and Taylor posting 69 off 110 balls (6x4s, 1x6s). When both batsmen fell in succession caught off the bowling of Williams a late order collapse took place with the Colts only able to post a final total of 188-9 (off 50 overs). Chris Williams took a season best 6-63 off 16 overs.
In response, Lancashire Colts opening bowlers Liam Hurt and Danny Chester made early inroads. Hurt dismissed Morecambe skipper Mark Woodhead for 1 (caught behind) and Ikram Ullah for a first ball duck (lbw) to find himself on a hat-trick and Morecambe struggling at 14-2 in the ninth.
However, a 3rd wicket stand of 98 between opener Josh Dixon and Chris William managed to thwart a Lancashire fight back as both batsmen reached fifty with Dixon making 50 off 103 balls (8x4s). Tim Le Breton broke the stand having Dixon caught in the inner fielding circle by Mark Walling.
Cumberland stroke-maker Williams then took up guard and managed to power Morecambe over the line for a 7 wicket win with a season best 93 not oiut off 98 balls (11x4s, 2x6s) in a final stand of 78 with Anwar Ali who also contributed an undefeated 36 off 42 balls.
Morecambe reached their target inside 45 overs and Liam Hurt returned figures of 2-23 of 10 overs (4 maidens) for the Colts.
Darwen v Colts, Sunday 14th August
Lancashire Colts went down narrowly by 31 runs to Darwen CC 1st XI in their second weekend game.
Having won the toss and electing to field, the Colts managed to get an early breakthrough as Nile Burke fell for 5 (bowled) by Michael Burns to leave the home side on 5-1 off 3 overs.
However, a second wicket partnership of 160 between Aex Davies and pro Mohammad Zaman Khan laid a firm foundation for a big total. Davies eventually fell for 67 off 107 balls (8x4s, 1x6s), caught by Ammer Mirza off the bowling of skipper Chris Benbow to leave the score at 165-2 after 37 overs.
Mohammad Zaman Khan continued to show his class through the Darwen innings, with a full array of shots in his innings of 136 not out off 145 balls (12x4s, 3x6s).
This enabled Darwen to declare on 244/4 off 49 overs with Chris Benbow returning figures of 2-45 off 9 overs, Matt McKiernan 1-46 off 11 overs (2 maidens), and Michael Burns 1-46 off 10 overs (2 maidens) for Lancs.
In response, Lancashire Colts lost early wickets. Matthew Winter went for 0 (caught and bowled) and Lewis Jackson for 16 (caught by Davies) off the bowling of Kamran Anwar to leave the visitors on 41-2 off 12 overs.
A 3rd wicket partnership of 99 by Ammer Mirza and Sam Holden led a fightback, with both batsman scoring half-centuries. Mohammad Zaman Khan eventually accounted for Holden (lbw) who made 51 from 63 balls (4x4s, 2x6s) in a splendid innings.
Mirza continued to prosper, but started to run out of partners as Kamran Anwar tore through the middle order with good support from Khan to leave the Colts on159-7. Mirza fell in the cluster of wickets for 79 off 130 balls (8x4s, 1x6s) bowled by Anwar, but a resilient Lancs tail end refused to give up, with 27 not out from Michael Burns (batting no.8) taking the Colts to 213 alll out off 49.2 overs. Kamran Anwar returned figures of 6-51 from 13.2 overs (2 maidens) and Mohammad Zaman Khan figures of 4-65 off (19 overs).
The Colts next game is away at Carnforth in 2 weeks time.
Scott Churchman, Lancashire Colts Scorer.