McGladdery stars as Nelson end season in top half of the table

Nelson seconds ended their season on a high on Sunday with the Second XI Runners-up trophy to add to their Second XI Cup win. Ramsbottom seconds had started the day 47 points ahead, with no chance of the Seedhill side reining them in, despite victory in a rain-affected game at Haslingden.
Nelson seconds ended their season on a high on Sunday with the Second XI Runners-up trophy to add to their Second XI Cup win. Ramsbottom seconds had started the day 47 points ahead, with no chance of the Seedhill side reining them in, despite victory in a rain-affected game at Haslingden.

Nelson made sure of finishing the season in the top half of the Lancashire League table by defeating Haslingden at Seedhill on Sunday by 75 runs.

Nelson had dominated the match almost from the beginning after winning the toss and deciding to bat.

Despite losing Max Howells for one in the eighth over, Nelson set a good pace with Tyler McGladdery looking particularly confident.

McGladdery and Ryan Canning put together a stand of 82 before Canning was bowled by opposite number Brenton Parchment for 39 in the 28th over, taking his season’s tally to 931 runs.

McGladdery passed his previous highest league score of 51 and had hit four fours in his 64 when he was caught behind off Parchment’s bowling.

David Crotty had a merry little knock, hitting four fours and a six as he scored 30, and Neil Thompson only faced 36 balls and found the boundary ropes six times in plundering 38 runs at the death. The Nelson innings closed on 224-7.

As Haslingden began their reply, young Lewis Hillman got Nelson off to a great start, trapping Jack Taylor lbw for none in the second over. Graham Knowles and Parchment began to build a telling stand, but Richard Meade brought it to an end by having Knowles lbw for 18.

Parchment kept Haslingden’s chances alive with some steady batting, and he brought up his own personal 50 after facing 75 balls and hitting five fours. Two balls later, though, he was caught at deep mid-wicket by Max Howells off Harrison Phelan’s bowling for 51. Phil Hayes became the main danger man then, but, when he was caught and bowled by young Phelan for 21, the Haslingden innings virtually collapsed.

McGladdery was given a bowl and he completed a wonderful all-round performance by taking 3-4 as Haslingden folded for 149 all out.