Nelson get up and running in style

Colne have a new two-year clubhouse sponsorship agreement with Ross Singleton of Rosss Roofing. Ross is pictured in front of the clubhouse with the new signage (s).

Colne have a new two-year clubhouse sponsorship agreement with Ross Singleton of Rosss Roofing. Ross is pictured in front of the clubhouse with the new signage (s).

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After an opening day defeat, Nelson won their double header at the weekend, beating Rishton at Seedhill, and Bacup at Lanehead.

On Saturday, Rishton were dismissed for 136, as Harrison Phelan took 4-45 and Toxy Hussain 3-17, while Matthew Pettinger claimed three catches on his debut.

Rishton professional Shaun von Berg top scored with 39, while Bradley Boddie made 37 and Scott Greaves 20.

Von Berg then took 5-40 from 17 overs, but although it took Nelson 25 deliveries to score the winning three runs, they got over the line with stand-in skipper David Crotty making 34, Phelan 18 and sub professional Rehan Rafiq 15.

Nelson were 112-8, but Hussain crucially hit 24 not out as he shared 25 with Elliot Bradley (4 not out) as the locals won with five balls remaining.

Then on Sunday, Bacup were all out for 157, as Sam Halstead took 4-18 and Richard Meade 3-23.

Matt Thompson top scored with 55, while Bacup captain Adam Highley added 29 and Ellis Hussey 24.

Brothers Lewis (42) and Russell (39) Bradley put on 91 for the first wicket, and sub professional James Price then hit a 44-ball 51 not out as Nelson won with almost 20 overs remaining.

Nelson are at Enfield tomorrow and host Lowerhouse on Sunday.

Colne suffered their first defeat against Rawtenstall on Saturday, losing by 71 runs, but bounced back to beat East Lancashire by nine runs on Sunday.

At Rawtenstall, the hosts masde 241-4 before dismissing Colne for 170, and skipper Matt Walker said: “It was generally a disappointing performance.

“There were a few questionable umpiring decisions, which, should they have gone our way may have affected the result, however this shouldn’t detract from our own poor performance.

“Chris Walton (29) batted well on his debut for Colne and took an important wicket with his first ball in Lancashire League cricket, having the pro Umesh Karunaratne caught and bowled, and Yaseen Vallie top-scored with 38.”

The following day, Colne were all out for 115 against East Lancs, but dismissed the visitors for 106, and Walker admitted: “Our batting performance wasn’t good, losing wickets on a regular basis which prevented meaningful partnerships developing, but Chris Walton again batted well for his 30 runs at the top of the order.

“We’re capable of scoring considerably more, however we need to graft a little more and place a greater value on our wickets.

“We knew we would have to bowl well if we were to get anything out of the game, and Andy Hakin and the pro (5-37) put the pressure on from ball one.

“Yas bowled extremely well to run through the lower order, and Danny Kegg and Chris Walton picked up vital wickets of key East Lancs batsmen to enable us to achieve victory.”

Colne host Church tomorrow and are at champions Burnley on Sunday.