Nelson endure afternoon to forget at Worswick Memorial Ground

BURNLEY CC V NELSON CC: Nelson batsman Crotty faces the bowling of Hayman.'Photo Ben Parsons
BURNLEY CC V NELSON CC: Nelson batsman Crotty faces the bowling of Hayman.'Photo Ben Parsons
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As a double derby week-end draws near, Nelson will want to forget the events at Rawtenstall on Sunday.

They were rarely in the game right from the start - even losing the toss.

Rawtenstall decided to bat first and made a wonderful start, the Kershaw brothers opening up with a 75 first wicket stand.

Matthew Kershaw, having made 41, was the first to go, smartly stumped by Russell Bradley off the bowling of Toqir Hussain.

Ryan Canning was given a rare bowl and actually bowled quite well. He was certainly economical - conceding just 46 runs from his 15 overs.

That, on such a tiny field like the Worswick Memorial Ground, was very creditable.

His two wickets included Chris Cook-Martin (for 12) and Andy Riley (for a duck).

Sam Kershaw went on to score 38 before Adil Ali had him caught at slip and then it was professional, Brett Pelser, who punished the Nelson bowlers.

Standing in as skipper in Vinny Hanson’s absence through injury, Pelser hit three fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 57 as Rawtenstall closed on 209-7.

Nelson’s reply was not ideal - Max Howells run out for 11 and Canning caught behind for 4.

Tyler McGladdery tried to pick up the pace of the innings but he missed a sweep shot and was lbw for 22.

While David Crotty and Neil Thompson were together, Nelson were still in the game and they made a stand of 43 for the fourth wicket. However, Thompson was bowled by the veteran Keith Roscoe for 24 and Crotty was caught behind off Pelser for 44. That was virtually the end as no other batsman reached double figures.

Pelser turned in a good all round performance, finishing with 4-20 as Nelson capitulated for 134 - 75 behind their victors.