Nelson continue derby stranglehold

Nelson players celebrating a wicket in the win against Colne on Sunday''Pic: Mark Wilkinson
Nelson players celebrating a wicket in the win against Colne on Sunday''Pic: Mark Wilkinson

Nelson celebrated a brace of victories over the weekend, including a crushing derby success against Colne.

Neil Thompson’s side completed their sixth consecutive double over Colne, to make it 124 derby wins in total.

Of the other 120 matches, 66 have been drawn with Colne recording 54 victories.

Colne won the toss and decided to bat, but were soon in trouble. Adam Holt was bowled for a duck by sub­pro Suraj Randiv, and Sam Tillotson was lbw to the same bowler for 3.

Tom Bradshaw had his stumps shattered by Sam Halstead for 9 with Colne on 17-3, and Danny Kegg (3) pushed a ball into the hands of Thompson at short mid­off to give Halstead another wicket.

Colne’s stand­in pro, Christi Viljoen, held an end up but was brilliantly run out by a direct throw from Lewis Hillman, for 10. John Lambert was clean bowled by Halstead for none, and Khurrum Nazir trapped Kenton Rhodes to put Colne on 40-7.

The best stand of the innings followed, 18, before Matt Walker was out in identical fashion to Rhodes for 10.

When David Swarbrick was lbw to Randiv for the third duck of the innings, Andy Hakin and Gary Hunt added 16 for the last wicket but Halstead returned and knocked over Hakin’s stumps after he had top-­scored with 17. Halstead finished with 4-22.

Nelson had a target of 80 to win and made short work of the task. Russell Bradley was bowled by Viljoen for 13 but Chris Heap and Harrison Phelan compiled a stand of 54 to win. Heap made 16 while Phelan hit 32 in a 48-ball innings.

On Saturday at East Lancashire, Nelson asked the hosts to bat.

Chris Riley and Paul Turner took advantage of a placid wicket, and Riley reached his 50 in the 27th over, but was out, four overs later, for 53 with the total on 92.

Professional, Juan­Pierre de Villiers, came and went quickly for 2 and, runs became very scarce. Only 20 were added between the 30th and 40th overs as spinners Uzair Khalid and sub­pro Tharanga Paranavitana both took two wickets, but took some punishment in the closing overs.

Halstead came back to bowl the penultimate over and claimed two wickets.

Mark Lomas was bowled for 18 and David Turner was caught, first ball, by Elliott Bradley at point.

Paranavitana had Ben Westhead caught for 7 off the last ball of the innings, leaving Turner undefeated on 72.

Nelson’s target was 180 but Russell Bradley was caught behind off de Villiers for 7 and Phelan was lbw to Shahrukh Khan for 1. Heap hung around for 23 overs before he lost his wicket for 13.

Paranavitana and Thompson gradually took command. Thompson hit a vital 41 before he was caught at mid­off when the fourth-wicket stand stood on 87 runs.

When Paranavitana completed his 50, it was the first half ­century by any Nelson professional this season.

The Sri Lankan went on to make 79, finishing the match with a six.

On Sunday, Nelson host Church.

DEREK METCALFE