Thompson claims a six-fer as Nelson ease past Accy

Photo: David Hurst
Worsley Cup Final between Nelson CC V Burnley CC at Nelson Cricket Club.
Nelson's Neil Thompson and Barrat Tripathi

Photo: David Hurst Worsley Cup Final between Nelson CC V Burnley CC at Nelson Cricket Club. Nelson's Neil Thompson and Barrat Tripathi

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Skipper Neil Thompson claimed six wickets as Nelson kept their hold on fourth spot on the Lanashire League with an eight-wicket win over Accrington at Seedhill.

Accrington won the toss and decided to bat, but were made to regret their decision as they were bowled out for 77 inside 36 overs.

Thompson took 6-23 and Sam Halstead 3-28 in a devastating display of bowling.

Accrington opener Keiren Grimshaw top scored with 24, putting on 35 in 10 overs, but when he was trapped by Thompson, it was the beginning of the end.

Only Jacob Clarke, who made 10, and captain and professional Ockert Erasmus, unbeaten on 17, could join Grimshaw in double figures as the visitors fell to 77 all out – the last four wickets falling for just two runs.

In Nelson’s reply, Lewis Bradley was removed for a single by Jimmy Hayhurst (2-21) and David Crotty followed for four at 16, but professional Ryan Bailey hit 37 not out– including two fours and a six – and Harrison Phelan 23 not out to see Nelson home with 32 overs remaining.

Nelson host East Lancashire on Sunday.

However, Colne lost at Enfield by 67 runs, the Accrington side winning at home for the first time since May.

Colne won the toss and put the hosts in to bat.

Charlie Jackson was bowled by John Lambert for five at 24, before professional Diego Rosier followed for nine at 40, guiding Lambert to sub pro Ernest Kemm at short mid wicket.

For the addition of another run, Lambert then had opener Lewis Wright caught behind by Sam Tillotson for 19 .

Adam Bracewell and Liam Bedford (13) shared 42, before the latter became the first of Danny Kegg’s four wickets, out to a fine catch from Tom Bradshaw on the mid wicket boundary.

Bracewell was run out for 38 at 100, and Kemm saw off Joe Wrigley (12) eight runs later.

Captain Tiarnan Hamill had a partnership worth 20 with Sam Cook (6 not out) before being bowled by Kegg, and Ben Dowling was also skittled without scoring.

One run later Kemm had Lewis Garratty caught behind and the innings was wrapped up when Kegg had Simon O’Loughlin caught by Joel Duerden.

Kegg took 4-32, Lambert 3-36 and Kemm 2-31.

Dowling then took 5-22 and O’Loughlin 4-39 as Colne were bowled out for 63.

Kegg hit 22 and Bradshaw 12, with 11 extras.

On Sunday, Colne travel to face Todmorden. The Horsfielders sit 10th in the table with six games remaining.