Nelson end on a high by beating Ramsbottom

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The season finished in great style for Nelson as they came away with an emphatic win at Ramsbottom on Sunday to finish 10th in the table.

Ramsbottom won the toss and batting first on a good wicket, but Tom Parton (3) was smartly caught at short­leg by Neil Thompson, off Lewis Hillman.

Brad Fielding(8) was bowled by Hillman, and Will Turner, who top ­scored with 20, was also bowled by Sam Halstead.

Thompson and Richard Meade came into the attack and completely dominated.

Gabriel lofted Thompson to mid­on where Chris Heap pouched the catch, and Meade grabbed the important wicket of sub­ pro Qaiser Abbas (6), caught behind.

Andy Holt was lbw to Thompson and Martin Cropper lbw to Meade.

Tom Parkinson and Simon Read both fell to Thompson for ducks andJon Fielding was last man out, caught by Harrison Phelan at short­leg off Meade for 12.

Thompson had wonderful figures of 4-13, while Meade’s return of 3-9 was equally satisfying. Ramsbottom were all out for 72 in 30.3 overs.

Abbas and he immediately caused havoc, getting Lewis Bradley caught behind for a duck in his first over. Brother Russell (2) was out in the second over, bowled by Simon Read, but Phelan and sub­ pro, Ryan Canning, weathered the storm and gradually built a match-­winning partnership of 56.

Phelan was caught behind off Mike Haslam for 27, but Canning stayed to the end, finishing undefeated on 35.

Khurrum Nazir’s wicket was the only other one to fall.