Bhatti proves too hot to handle!

NELSON CC V ACCRINGTON CC: Nelson's Neil Thompson faces the bowling of Accrington's James Heyhurst.'Photo Ben Parsons

NELSON CC V ACCRINGTON CC: Nelson's Neil Thompson faces the bowling of Accrington's James Heyhurst.'Photo Ben Parsons

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Nelson put in one of their worst performances of the season when they visited Todmorden on Saturday and lost by nine wickets.

Things began well as Neil Thompson won the toss and elected to bat first. Home professional Bilawal Bhatti and Martin Harlow enjoyed the initial overs, however, as three wickets fell.

Both bowlers were wild, conceding several wides and no­ balls from bouncers, but the accurate balls were too quick for the batsmen.

Russell Bradley misjudged one from Bhatti, and was bowled for none.

Harrison Phelan hit a short one from Bhatti but was caught on the mid­wicket boundary for 8, before substitute professional Dieter Klein, who struck two delightful cover drives to the boundary, was beaten for pace by Bhatti who bowled him for 8.

Lewis Bradley reached 22 before he too was bowled by Bhatti. Thompson got into the twenties but lost his wicket to a splendid slip catch on 23.

Toxy Hussain (10) and Richard Meade (12) made it into double figures, and Chris Heap made 16 before he was last out with Nelson on 123.

Bhatti took 6-33.

Simon Newbitt and Ben Sutcliffe put together a first-wicket stand of 59 inside 13 overs.

Even after Klein got Sutcliffe lbw for 14, the Nelson bowlers could not make another breakthrough as Todmorden coasted to a nine-wicket victory in the 28th over, Newbitt making 52 not out.