Nelson stay second as pro Bailey fires first century

Yaseen Vallie took 5-67 for Colne against Haslingden
Yaseen Vallie took 5-67 for Colne against Haslingden

South African professional Ryan Bailey hit his first century for Nelson to help the club retain second spot in the Lancashire Cricket League.

The Seedhill paid man, who represented East Lancs in the division during the 2009 campaign, struck 15 fours and a six in making an unbeaten 126 from 133 balls to contribute to a 79-run win over Todmorden at Centre Vale.

The 33-year-old took command alongside supporting act Russell Bradley once the amateur batsman’s elder sibling, Lewis, had been sent packing without scoring.

The opener went lbw to Martin Harlow as Nelson had a solitary run on the board.

The prolific pair combined to put on 115 runs for the second wicket before Bradley found the hands of Benjamin Pearson from Tom Hosker’s delivery.

He hit eight fours in an 85 ball knock of 61 to put the visitors firmly in the driving seat.

David Crotty made 18 and Harrison Phelan 46 in a fourth wicket stand of 68 with Bailey to help Nelson to 278-4.

Sam Halstead (2-28) and Toxy Hussain (2-23) combined to reduce Todmorden to 34-4 and effectivley end the contest.

Skipper Andrew Sutcliffe put 24 runs on to the tally alongside Ben Sutcliffe, who fired 75 not out, before the former’s departure left Todmorden 104-5.

The latter, who hit 11 boundaries in a 127 ball knock, went on to add 95 in an unbroken partnership with Freddie Priestley who made his maiden senior half-century.

Priestley hit 10 fours and a six in making an unbeaten 55 from 51 balls.

The visitors fielded eight bowlers to try and secure the bonus points that would keep them within a solitary point of league leaders Todmorden but they were only able to get five wickets down.

Meanwhile, Colne dropped to fifth in the table after losing out by 30 runs to Haslingden at the Horsfield.

A century opening stand between Phill Hayes and Graham Knowles laid the foundation for a match winning total of 249 all out for the visitors.

By the time Hayes was caught by Kenton Rhodes off professional Yaseen Vallie he had hit 13 fours and scored 64 from 73 balls in helping Knowles add 103.

Knowles followed seven runs later, caught at mid-wicket by the tumbling Andy Hakin for 33.

Vallie finished with figures of 5-67 for the hosts as the innings culminated while John Lambert added 3-20 from a five over spell.

However, visiting paid man Babaar Naeem (37), Matt Griffin (19), captain Alex Coleman (41) and Alex Marcroft (28) took the game away from the home side.

Naeem then took 4-49 and Sean Hunsley 2-43 to restrict Colne to 219-8. Sam Tillotson made 40, skipper Matt Walker 38, Chris Walton a league best 35, Vallie 28, Rhodes 24 and John Lambert an unbeaten 15.