Nelson ready for massive weekend

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NELSON face three crucial games in three separate competitions over the weekend.

Tonight, Thomas Lord’s men entertain Todmorden in the semi-final of the Lancashire League’s Twenty20 tournament - a repeat of last week’s rain-affected final Group C tie.

Tomorrow, the Seedhillites are at Rawtenstall in the league, as they look to put some daylight between them and the bottom half of the table - and focus on gaining ground at the top.

And finally, on Sunday, Nelson are at Church in the semi-final of the Worsley Cup.

Church won the dress rehearsal in the league meeting between the sides on Sunday at Seedhill by 35 runs, putting the brakes on the locals’ recent revival.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat, and after Sam Halstead and Richard Meade sent the openers back with just 32 on the board, Church professional Saeed Anwar came to his side’s rescue.

He hit 107 in his side’s all out total of 204 all out, from just 125 balls, including eight sixes and four fours.

Seven boundaries were off former Church paid man Luke Woodcock, who went for 88 runs off 12 overs for his one wicket.

Anwar enjoyed stands of 63 for the third wicket with Nasser Hussain (24) and 97 for the fourth with Mohammed Jamil (20) before he was caught and bowled by Meade at 192.

And Church’s remaining seven wickets fell for just 12 runs as Khurram Nazir (4-46) and Meade (4-52) mopped things up.

In reply, however, Nelson fell short as they were bowled out for 169 in the 47th over.

Anwar again was the scourge of the locals, as he claimed 3-44 at a key stage of the innings, with Nelson looking to kick on.

The Pakistani ace also produced two sharp catches in the field to see off Neil Thompson and Russell Bradley to cap a terrific all-round display.

Jamil added 5-25, with the pick of the batsmen David Crotty (33), Woodcock (29) and Lord (29).

On Friday night, Nelson won Group C of the Twenty20 competition after rain prevented their game with Todmorden from finishing.

Todmorden reached 100-3 with four overs remaining when no further play was possible.

Professional Qaiser Abbas was left unbeaten on 64, as Woodcock took 2-2.

However, Nelson won the bowl out 4-1 to progress to the last four, where they were drawn to face...Todmorden.

• Nelson seconds maintained their grip on top spot with a crushing nine-wicket win over Church on Sunday.

Church were all out for 137, as the in-form Colin Pemberton claimed another four wickets.

And in reply, Nelson eased past the target for the loss of just one wicket with Chris Heap on 50 not out and Lewis Bradley 40 not out.