Nelson claim third win on spin before dramatic tie

Nelson skipper Neil Thompson
Nelson skipper Neil Thompson

Nelson made it three wins on the spin on Saturday at Enfield, before tieing with Lowerhouse at Seedhill the following day.

Both games were 22-over affairs after the very unseasonal weather, seeing snow and hailstones ahead of the weekend.

But Neil Thompson’s side were unbeaten in the short-form games, winning by 24 runs at Dill Hall Lane, before a dramatic end against Lowerhouse, as Toxy Hussain had Adam Hugill out leg before off the final ball of the match, with the sides level.

At Enfield, play finally started at 4-15 p.m. after hours of work from the home groundstaff.

Neil Thompson won the toss and decided to bat, and led by example, top-scoring with 37 not out off 28 deliveries, including three sixes and a four, as his side posted a total of 132-7.

Khurram Nazir and opener Russell Bradley both added 24 apiece, sub professional Martin Walters 17 and Harrison Phelan 12. Simon O’Loughlin was the pick of the Enfield bowlers with 5-49.

In reply, Enfield moved to 101-1 after 18 overs, looking well in command, but, remarkably, lost three wickets for four runs, and then the last six wickets for only another four runs!

Enfield captain Tiarnan Hamill top scored with 41 off45 balls, including four fours and a six but when he was sixth man out, lbw to Hussain, there was no way back.

Hussain claimed three wickets in his second over, having earlier pouched a superb catch to remove Enfield professional off Sam Halstead.

Joe Wrigley added 26, as Richard Meade and Halstead both finished with 3-29, Halstead also taking three catches, one a return catch off his own bowling.

Nelson then hosted Lowerhouse, again in a reduced, 22-over game, one of only two played in the Lancashire League on Sunday.

The West Enders needed 26 from five overs to win, with six wickets in hand, and then nine off two, having had skipper Charlie Cottam run out.

The target became five off the last over, and two off four balls, before Chris Bleazard was run out, and Hugill – who made 26 – was out lbw to Hussain off the last ball.

Cottam won the toss and inserted Nelson, with Phelan top-scoring with 34.

Sub professional James Price added 18 and Russell Bradley 11 as Nelson closed on 91-6, while Jon Finch took 4-37 against his former club.

Hussain’s last-gasp heroics saw him finish with 3-50, while Halstead took 2-22 as Lowerhouse finished on 91-7.

Today Nelson are at Accrington before they host Todmorden in the Worsley Cup on Sunday.