Nelson CC lose out to Enfield

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Nelson lost to Enfield on Saturday but provided their share of entertainment in a match that saw 543 runs scored.

It was a perfect batting strip and Enfield had no hesitation in deciding to bat first when they won the toss.

The Nelson bowling attack was handicapped with Sam Halstead suffering a hamstring injury and he was only able to bowl one over.

Richard Meade and Toxy Hussain were unable to contain the Enfield openers and 50 runs came from the first 10 overs.

Meade, however, changed ends and promptly had Lewis Wright caught at mid­wicket for 22.

Liam Bedford and professional Werner Coetsee then added 76 in 18 overs, both batsmen playing aggressively.

Bedford was finally dismissed, caught behind off Harrison Phelan, after hitting eight fours and two sixes in a 87-ball innings of 64.

In came skipper Adam Bracewell to play a typical cavalier innings.

The Bracewell­Coetsee partnership flourished as they hammered 154 runs in less than 19 overs.

Coetsee hit 10 boundaries but eventually mis-timed a drive to be caught and bowled by his opposite number Ryan Canning for 81.

Bracewell, though, went serenely on into the 90s but, in the last over, he was bowled for 98, attempting a big heave.

Bracewell had only faced 89 balls but hit six sixes and eight fours as all the bowlers suffered.

Canning produced his best bowling performance since joining Nelson as he took 3-48 in nine overs.

Enfield finished on 300-5 – easily their best ever score against Nelson.

Needing to score at the rate of six per over, Nelson couldn’t afford to linger and Tyler McGladdery set the pace with two boundaries in the first over. Unfortunately, he perished in the sixth over, lbw to Coetsee for 21.

Lewis Bradley and Toxy Hussain added 59 for the second wicket but both fell with the score on 87. Hussain was caught behind for 34 and Bradley went in similar fashion for 24.

Another enterprising partnership developed as Canning and Neil Thompson combined but, even though they scored quickly, it wasn’t quickly enough.

Thompson was eventually caught and bowled by slow left-armer Sinon O’Loughlin for 41 after the stand had reached 83 from 14 overs.

Russell Bradley went for five, and Phelan and Canning added 43 in six overs before the former was caught behind for 11.

Nelson’s outside chance disappeared when Canning was caught behind off Coetsee for 73.

Canning only faced 66 balls and hit six fours and a six in a vain attempt to keep Nelson in the game.

The tail failed to wag and Meade (0), Halstead (3) and Mick Bradley (1) all fell in quick succession, and Nelson were still 58 runs short of their target when they were all out.

A home match against Accrington is Nelson’s next fixture today.

DEREK METCALFE