Neil hoping that history repeats itself

NELSON CC V ACCRINGTON CC: Nelson's Neil Thompson faces the bowling of Accrington's James Heyhurst.'Photo Ben Parsons
NELSON CC V ACCRINGTON CC: Nelson's Neil Thompson faces the bowling of Accrington's James Heyhurst.'Photo Ben Parsons

Nelson captain Neil Thompson was just 18 when he helped beat Burnley in the club’s last Worsley Cup Final in 2006.

And he is out for a repeat at Seedhill on Sunday.

Thompson finished unbeaten on 15 as professional Craig McMillan hit the winning runs at Turf Moor, to end on 99 not out.

He anticipates a tough test against the league leaders, and has urged his teammates to seize the moment in Nelson’s first home final in 20 years.

Thompson looked ahead to the big day: “Our last final was nine years ago, and of the side likely to play on Sunday, Khurrum Nazir, Richard Meade and myself all played. It was a great experience.

“Nelson last hosted a final 20 years ago, when I was seven. I remember it was a scorching day, but not a lot else!

“We have to make the most of it, these opportunities don’t come around that often, but hopefully it won’t be another 20 years!

“We’re not overwhelmed with a huge amount of volunteers, but it is great to reward the committee, members, players and everyone at the club – it’s been a huge boost. Everyone is looking forward to it, and hopefully the weather stays fine.”

Burnley could claim a third trophy this season – and a third-successive Worsley Cup – if they are victorious, and Thompson acknowledges their quality: “Burnley have played some great cricket and have a very strong side.

“On top of five or six top players, they have very steady, quality players, so it will be a very tough game, but they are beatable.

“We’ve struggled a bit in the league this year, but we’ve played some good stuff at times. We have a good team spirit, but haven’t had that consistency.”

Former Todmorden paid man Qaiser Abbas is set to feature as professional for Nelson.

While supporters can take their own refreshments, the club will have a number of pop-up bars, bottle and can bars, a barbeque, hog roast and catering from the kitchen.