Erasmus denies Nelson in last over

Photo: David Hurst'Worsley Cup Final between Nelson CC V Burnley CC at Nelson Cricket Club.'Nelson's wicket keeper Russell Bradley almost catches Burnley's Barrat Tripathi
Photo: David Hurst'Worsley Cup Final between Nelson CC V Burnley CC at Nelson Cricket Club.'Nelson's wicket keeper Russell Bradley almost catches Burnley's Barrat Tripathi

Nelson travelled to Accrington on Saturday on the eve of the Worsley Cup­final but lost by the narrowest of margins in the last over.

Having won the toss, Nelson elected to bat first but lost Lewis Bradley’s wicket early when he was caught at mid­off for 10.

Russell Bradley and Harrison Phelan, though,stuck around for over an hour and a half as they added 90 runs for the second wicket.

Phelan was the more belligerent of the two and he hit 5 fours and 2 sixes from 85 balls as he scored his first­ever league half-century.

Phelan became Ockert Erasmus’ first victim soon after, caught for 51.

From that point, Nelson began to lose wickets regularly. Russell Bradley, after facing 107 balls and collecting just two boundaries in a 128 minute innings, was bowled by Keiron Grimshaw for 45.

Neil Thompson (5) and Khurrum Nazir (15) both lost their wickets trying to force the pace and Nelson went 6 wickets down on the loss of Xander Pitchers, their Namibian sub­pro, caught behind for 23.

Richard Meade (2) was the only other wicket to fall and Toxy Hussain and Sam Halstead added 14 useful from the last 9 balls.

Hussain’s innings contained 3 fours as he made 17 from 13 balls. Nelson, with 190 for 7, had given themselves something to defend.

Accrington made their intentions clear from the start and had 30 runs on the board after only 5 overs.

They had, though, lost Matt Wilson, caught at mid­on off Halstead for 4.

Halstead also claimed the wicket of Graeme Sneddon who was caught behind for 15 but Stuart Crabtree and professional Erasmus continued to keep the run­rate above 5 per over.

Hussain dropped a skyer from Crabtree when he was 26, so it was some relief to him when Meade held a skyer to dismiss him for 34.

Thompson bowled Grimshaw to put Accrington on 111 for 4 and Pitchers was then brought into the attack.

With his right­arm off­breaks, he initially curtailed the flow of runs, then he began to take wickets.

Jacob Clarke (10), Ali Hasham (3) and Jon Hayhurst (0) all fell to Pitchers whilst Thompson accounted forRamiz Hussain.

Accrington were suddenly in danger at 153 for 8 with 7 overs remaining, although Erasmus was still at the crease with 69 to his name.

Jimmy Hayhurst hit a bright and breezy 13 in a valuable 32 run stand until Pitchers struck again, having Hayhurst caught at long­on by Halstead.

Pitchers finished with 4 for 41 from his 11 overs and Halstead came in to bowl the final over with Accrington requiring 5 to win and Erasmus on strike.

A dot ball was followed by a mighty six and Erasmus, celebrating his re­appointment as professional for next season, finished on 95 not out.

He had hit eight fours and that six in a perfectly-paced innings.

DEREK METCALFE