Nelson inflicted a heavy defeat upon Accrington at Seedhill on Saturday, before knocking Colne out of the Worsley Cup.
Against Accrington, after winning the toss, Nelson batted and the Bradley brothers posted a 50 opening partnership ~ the first of the season.
With the score still on 50, Lewis Bradley was adjudged lbw to Jacob Clarke for 18 and Toxy Hussain was also out lbw, to Ockert Erasmus, for 3.
Russell Bradley (48) was looking set for Nelson’s first half-century of the season when Erasmus took a stinging return catch. His third-wicket stand with Neil Thompson realised 51 and Nelson were 110-3. Thompson was caught behind for 16 before Kesh Maharaj (24) fell to a stunning catch at backward point.
Nelson then collapsed from 143-4 to 158-9, all the wickets falling to Erasmus and David Ormerod, who finished with 5-44 and 4-19. Chris Heap (7) and Sam Halstead (8 not out) took Nelson to 170 all out.
In reply, Accrington plummeted to 43-6 in only 21 overs.
Lewis Hillman took the first wicket; Matt Wilson bowled for 1. Sam Halstead clean bowled Ramiz Hussain for 1 before a 34-run partnership stopped the rot.
Keiren Grimshaw made 18 before he was out to another stinging return catch and captain Stuart Crabtree was lbw to Maharaj two balls later. Thompson saw off Erasmus (15) and Maharaj bowled Graeme Sneddon to put Accrington on 43-6. Jacob Clarke (31), Ali Hasham (10) and Jon Hayhurst (19) proved difficult to dislodge, but Hussain had Hayhurst smartly stumped, and Kesh bowled Clarke, but Nelson failed to take the final wicket and settled for 10 points. Maharaj’s final figures were quite amazing: 17-8-28-5.
Sunday saw a derby in the first round of the Worsley Cup at the Horsfield. Colne won the toss and elected to bat.
Billy Jamil was the first to go, for 17, top edging a pull shot to mid off off Hillman. David Spokes and John Lambert combined for 20 before Lambert was dismissed by Maharaj for 10.
Spokes and Colne professional Thomas Kaber took the score to 105 before Spokes was bowled by Maharaj for 35.
Kaber, for the third consecutive home fixture, passed 50 before he was dismissed by Harrison Phelan for 56. The next five wickets fell for only 13 runs as Colne slumped to 142 all out.
Dave Wallbank took a sharp return catch to dismiss Lewis Bradley with the Nelson score on 10, and Wallbank sent Hussain back for 9 with the score on 27. However Nelson looked comfortable during the remainder of their run chase, with wicketkeeper Russell Bradley top scoring with a fine 60. He was well supported by Maharaj (14) and former Colne player Khurram Nazir (18 not out) as Nelson won with 11 overs to spare and go onto play East Lancs at home in the next round.
Nelson host Todmorden on the Sunday.