Bradley and Abbas rescue Nelson in derby classic

Russell Bradley, pictured, right, keeping wicket against Burnley, hit 95 for Nelson against Colne
Russell Bradley, pictured, right, keeping wicket against Burnley, hit 95 for Nelson against Colne

Nelson claimed derby victory from the jaws of defeat in an engrossing clash with Colne at Seedhill on Sunday.

Colne will feel they threw away what would have been only a second Lancashire League win of the season, having totalled 226-9 – with professional Unmukt Chand hitting his first century for the club – and having Nelson at 24-5, 42-6 and 86-7 in reply.

But the hosts pulled things around in stunning fashion with an eighth-wicket partnership worth 97 from Russell Bradley and Zain Abbas.

Bradley made 95 from 87 deliveries – a career best – including 14 boundaries, while Abbas, 18, finished unbeaten on 71 as Nelson got over the line with two wickets to spare.

Colne won the toss and decided to bat, and lost opener Kenton Rhodes for 13 at 17, caught by Abbas off former Horsfielder Khurrum Nazir.

Paid man Chand anchored, and dominated the innings, as wickets fell at the other end.

Only George Braithwaite, who made 19 from 50 balls, and skipper Matt Walker, who added 13, could stick around for any length of time and join Chand in double figures.

The Indian ace went on to make 138, including 11 fours and four sixes, in a 134-ball innings, before being well caught by Jamie Randall off the bowling of Caleb Grant.

Grant, on his senior bow, finished with 5-78 from his 10 overs, while Naziradded 3-, as Colne closed on 226-9.

In reply, Nelson were in trouble almost from the off.

David Crotty went for two, with the score at 16, trapped in front by Chris Walton, and professional Devon Conway followed for a seven-ball duck, caught by Chand off Walton.

Colne kept the pressure on, and Matt Pettinger failed to trouble the scorers as John Lambert had him caught by Johnathan Nation at 24.

Lewis Bradley (13) and captain Neil Thompson (0) were removed at the same score, both by Walton, to leave Nelson 24-5. Nazir added a single before becoming Walton’s fifth scalp (5-51), at 42.

Russell Bradley and Grant shared 44, before Danny Kegg struck against his old club, having the latter caught for 12.

That brought Abbas to the crease with Russell Bradley, and the pair produced a stirring fightback as they put on 97 for the eighth wicket.

Bradley was caught behind off Lambert five short of a century, and Nelson still needed 44, but Abbas teamed up with Waqas Tahir (7 not out) to steer them to an unlikely win.

The Twenty20 competition gets underway tonight, as Colne travel to Clitheroe, while Nelson are at Enfield.

In the league, Nelson are at East Lancs tomorrow and host Enfield on Sunday, while Colne host Rawtenstall and are then at Church.