Nelson back in top half of the table

Tyler McGladdery hit four sixes
Tyler McGladdery hit four sixes

Nelson visited Accrington on Sunday and came away with a hard-earned victory to lift them back into the top half of the league table.

Accrington won the toss and, with rain in mind, put Nelson in to bat.

Nelson began cautiously and lost two early wickets before three outstanding batting performances put them on course for a big total.

Lewis Bradley was caught behind for five and Toxy Hussain was bowled for 10 as Nelson crawled to 45-2 from 22 overs.

Tyler McGladdery’s patience paid dividends and he hit four sixes with perfectly-timed straight drives as he reached his third 50 of the season.

McGladdery and Ryan Canning put on 43 for the third wicket before McGladdery was stumped for 56, having faced 89 balls.

Captain Neil Thompson joined his professional at the wicket and the run ­rate continued to increase.

Thompson made 27 out of a stand of 58 before giving a simple catch to Erasmus.

Rain had, by then, interrupted play for 21 minutes and three overs were deducted from the allowance of 50 overs.

The need for quick runs was met by a terrific onslaught from Russell Bradley.

He only faced 19 balls but hit 42 runs – a total that included four sixes - three off successive deliveries - and two fours.

Canning was no slouch in the closing overs either, and, with the aid of six fours, he finished undefeated on 61 – an innings that lasted 99 balls and also took him past the 500 mark for the season.

Bradley and Canning’s partnership of 66 was scored off the last six overs, allowing Nelson to close on 212-4.

Accrington made a rapid start to their innings, putting on 40 in the first 10 overs, but the fall of Ramiz Hussain (17) and Sam Excell (15) to Thompson and Harrison Phelan respectively put the brakes on.

Although Simon Hanson and professional Ockert Erasmus added 63 for the third wicket, Thompson and Phelan bowled tightly for 14 overs each, which cost only 49 and 39 respectively.

Phelan even got the wicket of Hanson, caught at mid­on for 26.

Hussain had Graeme Sneddon brilliantly caught by Sam Halstead at long­ on for 17 and then young Uzair Khalid grabbed three quick wickets as the Accrington batamen tried to increase their run­rate.

Khalid finished with his best figures in Lancashire League matches, returning 3-31.

Needing 23 runs from the final over, Jimmy Hayhurst hit Halstead’s first ball, a no­ ball, for four but only a single came from the next three balls.

Erasmus was back on strike with 17 required from three balls. He only managed a couple of twos and a boundary and Nelson were victors by seven runs. Erasmus’ innings of 81 not out had been all in vain!

The Worsley Cup­ Final is due to be held on Sunday, so Nelson’s only fixture this week­end is at Enfield on Saturday.