Crotty guides Nelson past target

David Crotty hit 77 not out for Nelson
David Crotty hit 77 not out for Nelson

Nelson held onto fourth place in the Lancashire League after a four-wicket win at Rishton on Saturday.

Former Earby professional David Crotty opened the reply and hit 77 not out from 115 balls, including nine fours and two sixes, to see the Seedhill side home.

Earlier, Rishton had been dismissed for 120 as Toxy Hussain took 3-20, Harrison Phelan 3-20 and captain Neil Thompson 3-28.

Rishton captain Matthew Lambert won the toss andchose to bat, but the hosts allowed a promising start to slip away, as they lost a third wicket at 67, and the final seven wickets fell for 53.

Bradley Boddie top scored with 25, professional Shaun von Berg made 19, Jack Hilton 12, Matt Nuttall 11 and Mo Patel 10.

In reply, Crotty batted through to secure all 12 points.

Nelson were 44-4, but Crotty and Hussain (16) – the only other batsman to reach double figures – put on 49 to ease any nerves.

Von Berg took 3-24 from 17 overs and Scott Greaves 2-17, but Nelson went past their target in the 40th over.

Nelson host Bacup on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Colne were beaten by five wickets at home to Rawtenstall, who completed the double over the Horsfield side in the process.

Matt Walker won the toss and elected to bat, but Colne were bowled out for 193 in the 48th over as Rawtenstall captain Nick Maiolo took 4-60 from an unbroken 17 over spell, and Joe McCluskie 3-39.

After losing Danny Kegg for eight, caught by McCluskie in the gully off Rizwan Shafiq at 17, Chris Walton (43) and sub professional Faisal Iqbal (32) shared 65 before Walton was bowled by Maiolo for a league best 43, including seven fours.

Matt Nutter was then out lbw to Maiolo for six with the score on 100.

Iqbal was stumped by Nick Payne off Keith Roscoe without adding to the score, but Walker and Kenton Rhodes enjoyed a breezy partnership worth 48, before the skipped was caught and bowled by Maiolo for 23.

Rhodes was bowled by McCluskie for 26, including two fours and two sixes, and Tom Bradshaw was run out for 16 at 175.

Two runs later Maiolo trapped John Lambert without score, and McCluskie finished Colne off, dismissing both Uzair Khalid (6) and Bailey Coates (4), leaving Martin Kegg unbeaten on 15.

Rawtenstall knocked off the runs with five wickets down with eight balls remaining as Maiolo hit 81 from 115 balls, including six fours .

He put on 55 for the first wicket with with Danny Barlow (18) and then shared 89 with Matt Kershaw (38) for the 2nd wicket.

McCluskie then hit 26 not out as Rawtenstall passed their target.

Nutter finished with 2-36 and Danny Kegg 2-50.

Colne made the trip to Alexandra Meadows to face East Lancashire on Sunday, with 27-year-old South African Rudi Second standing in as sub professional.