Rain puts an end to hopes of a result at Ramsbottom

Richard Meade in action for Nelson against Accrington.

Richard Meade in action for Nelson against Accrington.

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Nelson’s match at Ramsbottom on Sunday was played in appalling weather conditions.

The weather forecast was for showers, so Nelson asked Ramsbottom to bat first on winning the toss.

The home batsmen, however, enjoyed the best of the play in the early stages. By the 10th over, youngster Harry Dearden and his school-teacher partner, Rob Faulkner, had rattled up 43 runs.

Just as he had done at Seedhill, a couple of months ago, Dearden notched another half-century with the aid of six fours and a six. Richard Meade bowled him almost immediately for 53 with the score on 70. Rain showers interrupted play four times, the last time leaving Ramsbottom stuck on 180-4 from 37 overs.

Pieter Malan had time to make a brutal 59, hitting seven fours and a six, before Toqir Hussain had him caught on the mid-wicket boundary.

Hussain also claimed the wicket of Steve Dearden, stumped for one, and Neil Thompson bowled the more patient Faulkner for 41. Rob Read (18) and Mark Dentith (1) were left stranded by the weather.

Nelson were just coming out to bat when the rain started again, and that was that.

Nelson do not have a fixture on Sunday, but they are at home to Bacup tomorrow.

Derek Metcalfe