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Bradley’s focus on top half finish

Nelson's Qaiser Abbas and Burnley's David Brown
Nelson's Qaiser Abbas and Burnley's David Brown
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With 10 games to play, Nelson sit 10th in the Lancashire League, with skipper Russell Bradley hoping to end the season on a high and claim a place in the top division next year.

Top 12 will secure the Seedhill club’s aim, with the league splitting into two in 2019, and after beating a Todmorden side who were five points behind them ahead of Sunday, Bradley said: “We’re still playing for that top-half finish, we’re up there now in 10th but it’s still very tight.

“We have another game against a side just below us in Accrington, away, on Saturday, and we have to try and keep up our momentum.

“We’ve only lost one in seven, against Burnley, and things seem to have clicked.

“Dave Crotty is getting runs and the bowlers are into their stride.

“Things are generally positive and we’re just looking to end the season as well as we can.”

Nelson were yet to confirm a sub-professional at the time of going to press, after an unbeaten 88 by sub-pro Qaiser Abbas (pictured) helped beat Todmorden by four wickets at Seedhill.

Todmorden won the toss and chose to bat, but were all out for 185 as Matthew Heap took a career best 5-66 and Caleb Grant 3-42.

Sub professional Daryn Smit hit 39 for the visitors, captain Andrew Sutcliffe 29, Kai Abbas 26, Ben Pearson 20 and Matt Collins 21.

In reply, Abbas hit 88, with 10 fours and a six, Crotty added 29, Elliot Bradley 25 and skipper Russell Bradley 21 to see Nelson home with five balls and four wickets to spare.