Nelson suffer heavy defeat

Richard Meade
Richard Meade

NELSON visited Accrington on Saturday and were in winning positions twice before coming away with a crushing defeat.

Nelson lost the toss again and Accrington elected to take first knock but were soon on the back foot.

Waqas Tahir had Matt Wilson well taken by Russell Bradley behind the wicket - 18-1 with the aid of 12 extras!

Although Andy Greenwood and Aijaz Shah took the score to 45, their middle order collapsed as Richard Meade (pictured) and Neil Thompson bowled Nelson into a commanding position.

There was a drinks interval at 45-1 but then Greenwood was out, caught by debutant Tyler McGladdery, for 14 and on the first ball of the following over, Russell Bradley took a splendid diving catch to dismiss Accrington’s professional, Ashar Zaidi, for one.

Meade grabbed two more quick wickets; a lbw decision to remove Stuart Crabtree and then he clean bowled Shah for 19.

Graham Lloyd and Simon Hanson put together a 30-run stand before three more wickets fell in quick succession.

Again it was a drinks interval that did the trick.

Thompson had Lloyd lbw with the second ball after the break and Graeme Sneddon was out to his first ball as Joe Scuderi, once more standing in as match professional, took a regulation catch in the slips.

Scuderi was at it again in the next over, taking a diving, left-handed catch to remove Marley Ali, putting Accrington on 88-8.

Nelson were certainly on top at this stage but Hanson had other ideas as he went on the attack.

He hit five fours in a knock of 46 which turned the match around.

He had support from Jimmy Hayhurst, who made a valuable 13, and David Ormerod, whose five not out was stubborn resistance.

Accrington were eventually all out for 149 in the 49th over with Mr Extras being the second highest scorer on 33, 18 of them wides!

Thompson was the pick of the bowlers with 4-38.

Tyler McGladdery opened Nelson’s innings and made an impressive start on his senior debut.

He lost both Chris Heap and Tom Bradshaw for one each but showed his potential, hitting four boundaries on his way to a worthy 26.

Scuderi settled into a nice rhythm and the pair of them took the score to 51, giving Nelson a foundation on which to make a challenge.

Unfortunately both were out in quick succession, McGladdery stumped off the bowling of Zaidi who also gained the wicket of Scuderi, amazingly caught on the boundary for 20.

Only Neil Thompson (10) and Russell Bradley (12) made it into double figures thereafter as Zaidi ran through the rest of the innings, taking 6-24.

Nelson were all out for 86 - 13 runs short of taking even one batting bonus point.

Next weekend, Nelson face Accrington again - this time at Seedhill on Sunday.