Skipper guides Nelson to victory

Nelson skipper Neil Thompson finished unbeaten on 67
Nelson skipper Neil Thompson finished unbeaten on 67
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A captain’s innings from Neil Thompson helped Nelson to a six-wicket win over Bacup at Seedhill on Sunday.

Thompson hit an unbeaten 67, including two fours, as Nelson knocked off their target with four balls to spare.

Earlier, Bacup won the toss and decided to bat, going on to make 197-8, with professional Haseeb Azam top-scoring with an unbeaten 87 from 140 balls, including nine fours.

Azam shared 81 for the fifth wicket with Matt Collinge, who made 20.

Captain Adam Highley (11), Ben Law (12) and Tim Farragher (10) also contributed, while Sam Halstead was the pick of the bowlers with 3-68 for Nelson.

In reply, Thompson reached his half-century in 86 balls, sharing an unbroken stand of 93 with Toxy Hussain, who finished unbeaten on 40, to see Nelson over the line.

Harrison Phelan added 31, professional Ryan Bailey 17 and David Crotty 14.

Nelson are at Haslingden on Saturday.

Colne, however, fell to a 30-run defeat to East Lancashire at Alexandra Meadows.

Colne won the toss and chose to field, with the hosts posting a score of 210-7, with an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 60 in the final seven overs from Mo Bhada, who finished unbeaten on 38, and Paul Kelly, who made 25 not out.

Opener Minhaj Bhada got the innings off to a solid start with 61 from 99 balls, including two fours and a six, as he put on 48 with fellow opener Sohail Mohammad (20) for the first wicket.

Niall Boyle (15) and professional Andries Gous (18) added valuable runs for the hosts.

Colne sub professional Rudi Second took 3-83 and Danny Kegg 3-67.

In reply, Shahrukh Khan took 5-45 for East Lancs, while Minhaj Bhada chipped in with 4-41 as Colne were bowled out for 180.

Second top scored with 80 from 99 balls, including seven fours and a six.

Stand-in captain Sam Tillotson added 38 and Matt Nutter 25, but Colne saw their last five wickets fall for just 17 runs.

Colne host Ramsbottom on Saturday.

l Colne Cricket Club are set to host a fundraising 20/20 Challenge Match against a guest XI from Colne Golf Club tomorrow (Friday). Following the success of last year’s inaugural fixture, the group of former players – members at the Skipton Road club – have decided to swop their irons and the white ball again for leather and willow in an effort to help the Horsfielders continue to clear the debt that currently saddles the club.

The Golf Club XI will contain a number of former captains, Jeff Ellis and Matthew Wilson, along with club stalwarts Matthew Constable, Chris Heap, Ryan Procter and Jack Mansfield. In addition to many of the current squad, the Cricket Club XI will contain a number of former players, Dave Swarbrick, Nigel Rimmer, Richard Murgatroyd, Paul Wilson and Adam Procter, who will be again pitting their wits against many of their former teammates.

During the match there will be a barbeque and raffle, with the post game entertainment in the clubhouse provided by local band Suburban Symphony. Entry is free, however donation buckets will be present at all gates where all donations are greatly appreciated. Wickets will be pitched at 6 p.m. with the band scheduled to commence their first set at 9 p.m.