Nelson ease to victory in the first derby of the season at the Horsfield

Joel Duerden in action against Lowerhouse.
Joel Duerden in action against Lowerhouse.

Nelson took the honours in the first of the derby games this season, with an embarrassingly easy eight-wicket win over Colne at the Horsfield on Sunday.

Colne won the toss and chose to bat, but it was a struggle from the start.

Billy Jamil and Khurrum Nazir both tried to push the score along, but fell victim to Nelson opening bowlers Richard Meade and Sam Halstead.

The same two bowlers followed up with the wickets of Joel Duerden and professional Ali Azmat, and at 44-4, things did not look good for Colne.

At this stage, Nelson captain Neil Thompson took over.

He bowled 8.5 overs from the Grange End and took the six remaining wickets, for a miserly 13 runs, as Colne’s batsmen entirely failed to cope.

Bradshaw, Akram and Walker all fell leg before, Hakin was bowled, and Tayyib Jamil and Danyal Qasim did manage to get bat on ball to be caught out.

Tom Bradshaw top scored with 18, the two Jamils both reached 10, but for the second time over the weekend Mr Extras was the only man to score freely for Colne, with 27.

This included 20 in wides, mostly down the leg side.

Colne made 101 all out in 34.5 overs.

Nelson did not waste time getting to the target, as 17-year-old Tyler McGladdery opened the batting, and made his fifth half-century for Nelson in just 38 innings.

He batted through and made 50 not out.

He has a fluent, attacking style, as evidenced by the way he hit the first two balls of the innings for four.

Professional Ryan Canning made 22 not out as Nelson reached 105-2 in 25.2 overs, and the game was over soon after 5 o’clock – it could have been sooner, but the pro played a bit of dead bat to ensure McGladdery did not miss out on the chance of a half-century.

At home to Lowerhouse the previous day, visiting captain Charlie Cottam won the toss and elected to bat.

After losing Jack Edgar for 20, Ben Heap (49) and Jonny Whitehead (21) shared 71 - with Heap passing a landmark of 3,000 Lancashire League runs along the way.

Further solid contributions from Matt Walker (37), Cottam (34 not out), Chris Bleazard (30) and professional Cobus Pienaar (26) were added to by 32 extras to put Lowerhouse well in control.

And in reply, Colne were soon in trouble at 65-4, before being dismissed for 114, as Pienaar claimed 5-38.

This weekend sees a triple header for Colne, with the 20-20 season starting tonight as Colne travel to Burnley, start time 6-15 p.m.

There are league games tomorrow at home to Accrington and Sunday away to Rishton, both at 1 p.m.