Nelson fall short against champions

Nelson's Toqir Hussain fends off the bowling from Burnley's Tom Lawson.
Nelson's Toqir Hussain fends off the bowling from Burnley's Tom Lawson.
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Nelson played host to Accrington on Sunday but the weather wasn’t welcoming to either team or their supporters.

My car told me that the outside temperature was 14 degress, but, with the wind­chill, it felt to be in single figures.

Apart from the cold, there were frequent rain showers which interrupted play four times.

Nelson won the toss and, bearing the weather forecast in mind, put Accrington in to bat.

The match did start as a 50-over affair but was reduced, in fits and starts, to 37 due to the rain.

Ramiz Hussain and Sam Excell gave the visitors a bright start and brought up the 50 in the 12th over.

Hussain perished soon afterwards though, caught by Tyler McGladdery off Toxy Hussain’s bowling for 20.

Simon Hanson came and went for 13 but Excell made a solid 39 before becoming Hussain’s third victim.

Professional Ockert Erasmus and skipper Stuart Crabtree began to exert pressure on the Nelson fielders with some fine attacking play and the score reached 122 before Hussain Crabtree for 29.

Erasmus, after hitting 3 fours and a six, was unbeaten on 40 when the overs ran out.

His partner, Graeme Sneddon, was not out 16.

Nelson’s target was 169 from 37 overs, but they were soon in trouble as Lewis Bradley (9), McGladdery (4) and Hussain (8), all fell to James Hayhurst with only 36 runs on the board.

Professional Ryan Canning and skipper Neil Thompson tried to perform a rescue act and did actually add 67 for the fourth wicket.

The runs came far too slowly though and the required run­rate climbed out of all proportion.

Accrington set a very defensive field with five men on the boundary edge from early on in the innings and few boundaries were actually scored.

There were only three fours hit in the entire Nelson innings; one by Canning, one by Richard Meade and one by last­man Uzair Khalid - and that was off the edge of the bat!

Accrington’s fielding was also spot on.

A direct hit with a throw from the boundary edge ran out Canning when he was on 45 and Meade was in full flow when he too was run out by a direct hit for 18.

Thompson made a gallant 34 but no other batsman exceeded four as Nelson collapsed from 103-3 to 135 all out.

This coming week­end sees a double­-headed programme with Nelson travelling to Bacup tomorrow, followed by a home match against Rishton on Sunday.

DEREK METCALFE