Nelson well beaten by high fliers Enfield

NELSON CC V ACCRINGTON CC: Nelson's Neil Thompson faces the bowling of Accrington's James Heyhurst.'Photo Ben Parsons

NELSON CC V ACCRINGTON CC: Nelson's Neil Thompson faces the bowling of Accrington's James Heyhurst.'Photo Ben Parsons

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Nelson visited high-flying Enfield on Saturday but were unable to prevent the homesters from recording their ninth win of the campaign.

Winning the toss and batting first did not give the Nelson the start they desired as they lost three wickets in the opening 12 overs.

Russell Bradley was the first to go for just 1, while Lewis Bradley and Harrison Phelan both made 10. All three were out to catches behind the wicket.

Substitute professional Rameez Raja hit a couple of boundaries but an attempted square­ drive went straight up in the air and he was caught for 11.

Neil Thompson steadied the boat for a while and he hit 4 fours in a top score of 33 before he was caught at slip.

Toxy Hussain and Khurrum Nazir took Nelson’s score into three figures but an alarming collapse followed. After Hussain was lbw for 15, wickets fell in quick succession.

Chris Heap was caught at slip for 1, Richard Meade run out for 7, while both Mick Bradley and Sam Halstead registered ducks.

Nazir simply ran out of partners and he remained unbeaten on 27 as Nelson were all out for 125 in the 44th over.

Nelson tried seven bowlers but only one could curb the flow of runs. Phelan bowled Enfield’s South African pro, Graeme van Buuren, when he was in full flow and conceded only 10 runs in his 5 overs. Van Buuren hit 3 fours and 2 sixes in his 39-ball 36.

Captain, Adam Bracewell, proved to be an even bigger hitter as he went to 36 off only 22 balls.

He hammered 5 fours and 2 sixes before being caught at point by Richard Meade off the bowling of Rameez Raja.

Enfield wasted no time at all in going for victory, their openers, Liam Bedford (16) and Lewis Wright (14) setting them well on their way and the winning runs came in the 23rd over.

Next week­end is a special time for Nelson as they face fellow­ strugglers Todmorden at Centre Vale in the league tomorrow and play host to Accrington on Sunday in the semi-final of the Worsley Cup. It is hoped the new professional, Umar Amin, will arrive in time to play.