On a gloriously sunny day at Seedhill on Sunday, Nelson played hosts to local rivals Colne, and inflicted an overwhelming defeat upon them.
Despite Colne winning the toss and electing to take first use of the batting strip.
Warning lights for the visitors shone as early as the second ball of the innings when Billy Jamil was caught at mid-off – but the bowler, Sam Halstead, had been called for a no-ball!
Matt Walker played the same shot in the next over, but this time it was a legitimate ball and Nick Burton held the catch to give Richard Meade his first wicket.
Two overs later, Meade really upset Colne’s apple-cart by having Jamil caught at point by Harrison Phelan and Lewis Rimmer brilliantly caught by Neil Thompson at slip.
Meade had 3-1 at that stage but was unable to add to his tally.
Colne professional, Ali Azmat, and formerNelson opener Tom Bradshaw put on a stand of 55 for the fourth wicket, but, after Bradshaw was caught by Halstead off the bowling of Thompson for 12, the Colne procession began.
Azmat, who had hit five fours in a score of 35, was next to go, Canning taking a good catch on the long-off boundary to give Thompson another wicket.
Next over, Alex White was bowled by Toxy Hussain and then Thompson trapped Maz Clark lbw, giving him bowling figures of 3-1.
Like Meade, Thompson failed to add to his tally but Hussain did, getting Andy Hakin lbw for six and bowling Dave Wallbank for 0.
Joel Duerden and Danyl Qasim proved difficult to dislodge as they added 16 for the last wicket.
Phelan was given a bowl and he promptly got Qasim out, thanks to an amazing one-handed catch at long-on by Halstead.
Three Nelson bowlers shone; Meade (3-20), Thompson (3-10) and Hussain (3-26), in Colne’s all out total of 89.
Tyler McGladdery and Lewis Bradley opened Nelson’s reply and looked comfortable right from the start and passed Nelson’s best opening stand of the season – 55 – in the ninth over.
McGladdery hit five fours in a total of 35 before he danced down the wicket to Azmat and was bowled in the 15th over with the score on 76.
Bradley went on to hit eight boundaries in a career-best innings of 41 as Nelson reached their target with more than 32 overs to spare.
This weekend sees Nelson in action against Enfield at home on Saturday and Todmorden away on Sunday.
Nelson were handsome winners at Burnley’s MyProtein Turf Moor on Friday night in their latest Lancashire League 20/20 outing.
But Colne had a one-run defeat against Todmorden at the Horsfield.
Nelson professional Ryan Canning (50) and Tyler McGladdery (73) put on 130 for the first wicket against Burnley, and Russ Bradley also hit an unbeaten 23 as the Seedhill side closed on 156-3.
In reply, Burnley were restricted to 133-8.
Things started badly for the hosts as Dan Pickup was snapped up on the boundary by Sam Halstead off visiting captain Neil Thompson for a duck off only the second ball.
Professional Chris Holt (35) and skipper Bharat Tripathi (32) shared 67 for the second wicket, but despite contributions from Aiden Tate (15), Chris Burton (13) and Cole Hayman (12), Burnley finished short.
Todmorden, meanwhile, made 132-6 against Colne, as Elliott Gilford hit 37, Zeshan Shoukhat an unbeaten 27, professional Michael Neser 17, Simon Newbitt 16 and Ben Sutcliffe 12.
Matt Clark took 2-24.
Colne paid man Ali Azmat hit 46 in reply, and Billy Jamil added 29.
Colne required eight to win off the last over and three off the last ball, but were denied by Neser.