Luckless Nelson hoping for better fortunes

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NELSON would have been more frustrated than most on Sunday, as their derby with Colne was washed out without aball being bowled at Seedhill.

Thomas Lord’s side have started the season with five defeats in as many games, but will feel they are due a big slice of fortune after being blighted by bad luck so far.

Ahead of the start of the campaign, they lost professional Burton de Wett due to visa problems, while Peter Dibb - who captained Clitheroe to the Ribblesdale League title last season and was pencilled in to open the batting - suffered a broken finger in their friendly against Littleborough.

Dibb (pictured) was scheduled to return last weekend, but Nelson will hope for the wet weather to break as the locals look forward to tomorrow’s trip to East Lancashire, and Sunday’s Worsley Cup tie at home to Rawtenstall.

Lord fancied Nelson’s chances in the cup ahead of the season, saying: “We’re looking to win the cup and we’ll be disappointed if we don’t.

“We’re definitely in a position where we should be winning something.”

Colne, meanwhile, have won two of their five league games, but lie 10th - a place and only three points above Nelson, having claimed only two bonus points so far, to their neighbours’ 19.

They are at home to Todmorden tomorrow, before a testing mini-derby clash at the Horsfield against Lowerhouse, who have started the season in fine style.

In the Craven League, Barrowford recorded another victory at home to Bradley, to avenge their cup defeat the previous week.

Bradley soon regretted the decision to ask Barrowford to bat as they set 191 on a slow wicket.

Freddy Bailey scored a sublime 93 not out, and he was supported well by Nabeel Ahmed’s 60.

Bradley’s reply failed to gather any momentum as Chris Platt (2-32) and Dolph Jones (4-54) assisted the pick of the bowling attack Matthew Clark, with his season best figures of 4-9, as Bradley were dismissed for exactly 100.

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The second team continued their relentless winning streak with a comfortable victory away at Long Lee.

Rob Harris returned with 4-48 as Long Lee were restricted to 168.

Barrwford chase down the total with Ajmal Choudrhy top scoring with 62.