Nelson’s season of progress ends with fifth straight victory

It has been a decent season for Nelson
It has been a decent season for Nelson

Nelson ended the 2014 cricket season on Sunday with an emphatic home victory over struggling Bacup.

It was Nelson’s fifth consecutive win and it kept them in seventh place in the Lancashire League table.

Bacup won the toss and elected to bat but were soon in deep trouble.

Toxy Hussain who had been given the new ball - presumably to give him the chance to claim the five wickets he needed to reach 50 for the season - soon had Henry Butcher caught in the slips for one. Anthony Taylor (16) and Tim Farragher (4) became victims of Sam Halstead, but Hussain then had Aaron Fielding lbw for one.

Bacup were 28-4 but skipper Adam Highley and professional Haseeb Azam held up Nelson’s progress for 11 overs as they added 21 runs.

Azam, having faced 45 balls in a 55-minute stay, was caught behind in Richard Meade’s first over but another stubborn partnership then developed.

Highley and John Syers added 56 for the sixth wicket in 59 minutes and it was the introduction of Tyler McGladdery into the attack that brought about Bacup’s final destruction.

Highley hit him for a six in his first over but was run out for 36 in his next.

McGladdery also bowled Syers for 17 and had Paul Burdekin lbw for 0 in the same over.

Bacup’s collapse was complete when Hussain returned to claim his 48th wicket of the season by bowling Luke Bradford for 0 and McGladdery had Liam Naylor lbw for 0. Bacup had gone from 106-5 to 108 all out in the space of 15 balls.

Lewis Bradley and McGladdery opened Nelson’s reply, and wasted no time in going after the runs.

They compiled their fifth opening partnership of over 50, and both had hit three boundaries as the 50 stand was reached in the 11th over.

The first change of bowling undid the partnership and Bradley was caught behind for 22.

Hussain soon settled and hit one six and a four in an undefeated 26, which took him past the 600-run mark for the season - 623 runs and 48 wickets is a fantastic return and they are figures that no previous Nelson amateur has come near to achieving in the history of the Lancashire League.

Paul Burdekin, in his second over, bowled both McGladdery and Neil Thompson, putting Nelson on 83-3.

McGladdery hit five boundaries in his 35 and finished the season on 588 runs - excellent figures for a17 year old!

There were no further set­backs for Nelson as Hussain and Ryan Canning (11 not out) saw Nelson home in the 18th over.

It has been a decent season for Nelson, gaining a total of 15 victories - the most for several seasons - although this was partly due to the decent summer in which Nelson suffered no ‘no result’ matches.