Nelson back to winning ways against Haslingden

Richard Meade in action for Nelson against Accrington.
Richard Meade in action for Nelson against Accrington.

Nelson returned to winning ways by defeating Haslingden by three wickets on Sunday at Seedhill.

Haslingden decided to bat after winning the toss and Joe Sipocz and Matt Griffin opened with a half­-century partnership.

Khurrum Nazir broke the stand at 54, having Griffin caught at point by RichardMeade for 26. Apart from Mr. Extras, this turned out to be the top score of the innings.

Burton de Wett, the former Nelson professional, didn’t stay long – he was lbw to Nazir for 9.

Nelson turned to an all­spin attack when Harrison Phelan was introduced to bowl the 24th over with Haslingden on 73-2. Six overs later, they were 85-5 and Nazir had three wickets and Phelan two. Sipocz (24) gave Ryan Canning, Nelson’s substitute professional, the simplest of catches at mid­wicket for Phelan’s first wicket.

Phelan finished with the remarkable figures of 4-17 from 13.4 overs whilst Nazir earned a collection for 5-31 from 15 overs. The only blot on the bowling analysis was the conceding of 24 in wides.

Nelson’s target was 124 and the early loss of Lewis Bradley, bowled by Jake Neary for 2, was a set­back.

Russell Bradley and Phelan, however, put on 67 for the second wicket. Phelan, with a six and a four, reached 23 before he was trapped by de Wett. Bradley, with five fours, had moved to 36 when he too was lbw to de Wett.

Neil Thompson made 4 before he pulled a short delivery from Jordan Shannon straight to Griffin at mid-on but, with Canning steadily building an innings, Nelson progressed to 107-4. 17 to win with 19 overs remaining.

Nelson suffered an all­-too-­familiar mini­-collapse as Toxy Hussain was out for 1, Khurrum Nazir for 0 and Sam Halstead, a first­-ball duck – all victims of de Wett. Uzair Khalid stayed with Canning to the end, as Canning hit a no­ ball to the boundary to seal victory, finishing undefeated on 34.

Nelson are at Accrington tomorrow, followed by the Worsley Cup­ Final.