NELSON Cricket Club have achieved Clubmark Accreditation.
The Lancashire Cricket Board’s Dave Reddy was on hand to present David Heap - Nelson’s club welfare officer, with the award at Seedhill.
And the LCB congratulated Nelson on “their continued hard work and commitment towards the development of their club, in particular Julie Bradley and her hard working committee.”
A statement read: “Nelson Cricket Club is delighted as well as proud to have achieved Clubmark status.
“All the hard work that has produced this award has taken Nelson CC to a new level of organisation.
“We have achieved this by working in partnership with the Lancashire Cricket Board, notably Rudra Singh (Cricket Development Manager) and Gerry Thomas (Cricket Support Officer), who gave much support and guidance to the club committee particularly, and Julie Bradley for all her hard work.”
Nelson, famously, have won the Lancashire League title more than any other club - 21 times since the league was formed in 1892.
They were, of course, one of 13 founder members, and the first League champions.
They have also been runners-up 16 times - with only East Lancashire anywhere near their proud record, with 14 titles.
Nelson were formed in late 1861, when the Phoenix Cricket Club joined Nelson-in-Marsden Cricket Club, who played on a meadow behind the Lord Nelson Hotel.
The Meadow became the headquarters of the new club, but, after several enforced moves, transferred to Seedhill in 1878.
Seedhill was acquired through the offices of Captain Every Clayton, and, due to his love of the game, he charged the club a nominal annual rent of £12-10s.
They have been there ever since, although the ground has seen major change, including the M65 being built through it in 1983 - meaning the old pavilion, usewd since 1914, was demolished.
However, it was replaced by a modern pavilion which houses dressing rooms, function rooms, bar facilities and a canteen, and remains one of the best in the league.
The new Lancashire League season is less than a month away, starting on Sunday, April 24th with Nelson at home to Todmorden.
Colne, who the day before face champions Ramsbottom in the Ron Singleton Colne Trophy, travel to Haslingden on the opening day.
Sunday, May 15th sees the first Nelson-Colne derby at Seedhill, with the return at the Horsfield on Sunday, June 19th.
The 20/20 competition starts on May 27th, with Nelson at home to Burnley in Group C, while Colne are at Todmorden, in the same group.