Nelson claim third successive victory

Nelson's Neil Thompson reaches his 50 against Todmorden. '''Picture:Mark Wilkinson
Nelson's Neil Thompson reaches his 50 against Todmorden. '''Picture:Mark Wilkinson

Nelson made it three successive wins against Todmorden on Sunday at Seedhill.

On a cold blustery day, the home side put in a performance to warm the hearts of their supporters.

Captain Neil Thompson won the toss, yet again, and chose to bat first.

The Bradley brothers opened the innings and made a decent start, putting on 32 before Russell was bowled by the visiting professional, Timm van der Gugton, for 18.

Toxy Hussain only survived 12 balls before he was caught behind off Martin Harlow for 2.

Lewis Bradley was out in identical fashion, but not before he had scored 29 out of a total of 61-3.

Chris Heap and Thompson slowly but steadily built a partnership of tremendous value.

They added 68 runs in the overs between the 20th and the 40th, and Heap was then caught at point for 21, having faced 82 balls.

Thompson faced five balls more, but made a match­winning 61 in the process.

He had hit seven fours.

The only other batsman to reach double figures was Harrison Phelan, who made 16 from a run­ a­ ball with the aid of two boundaries.

Todmorden veteran, Stuart Priestley, took three wickets in the 49th over to bring the innings to a sudden end, finishing with figures of 6-36.

Nelson, however, must have been happy with 176 all out, feeling that they had set Todmorden a stiff target.

Sam Halstead and Richard Meade gave Nelson a good start, each taking a wicket in the early overs.

Meade claimed the vital wicket of Simon Newbitt when Thompson dived to his left to take a brilliant one­-handed catch in the slips, and Halstead bowled Kristian Garland to put the opposition on 22-2.

Ben Sutcliffe (15) and Ben Pearson (18) put on 38, before Halstead shattered the stumps of the latter, and then the match took a significant turn.

Hussain and professional Kesh Maharaj were introduced into the attack, and almost immediately set Todmorden on the path to defeat.

The visitors went from 61-3 to 116 all out as Hussain and Maharaj bowled 26 overs unchanged.

Only Elliott Gilford made any sort of score as he compiled 24 but Hussain (4-27) and Maharaj (3-20) combined to give Nelson victory by 60 runs.

Tomorrow, Nelson travel to face former professional, Burton de Wett, at Haslingden, there being no match on Sunday because of the Lancashire Cup.

Next Friday, May 29th, sees Nelson’s first fixture in the Lancashire League’s Tweny20 competition.

The locals travel to Bacup in the Pride of Pendle Group.

DEREK METCALFE