It was a gloriously sunny day at Seedhill on Sunday as Nelson played hosts to Haslingden and spectators were treated to a most exciting cricket match.
The visitors, needing 10 runs from the last over to win, wererestricted to six, giving Nelson victory by three runs.
Nelson won the toss and elected to bat and, despite losing Lewis Bradley for three in the third over, they made a decent start with Tyler McGladdery making the bulk of the runs.
Toxy Hussain became Matt Griffin’s second victim when he was bowled for eight and Ryan Canning also made eight before he was lbw to his opposite number, Brenton Parchment.
McGladdery passed the 500 mark for the season when he was on seven and he went on to complete his fourth 50 off 75 balls. Unfortunately the drinks interval did him no favours and he was out immediately afterwards for 60, having struck eight fours and two sixes.
Neil Thompson went for two, but a 72-run partnership between Russell Bradley and Harrison Phelan put Nelson in a commanding position.
With the help of seven fours and a six, Bradley made 58 before Parchment bowled him with only five overs remaining.
Phelan hit three boundaries to finish undefeated on 34.
The tail didn’t wag as Richard Meade (1) and Michael Bradley (0) were both run out in a desperate attempt to add vital runs at the death.
Sam Halstead (1) was bowled, swinging his bat in vain but Elliott Bradley thwarted Haslingden by preventing them from bowling Nelson all out.
Haslingden’s target was 205 and they opened with Parchment and Lawrence Adlum.
Meade soon put them in trouble by having Adlum caught at backward point first ball, and followed this by having Anthony Harris caught at slip for a duck and trapping Griffin lbw for five.
Parchment was looking threatening and quickly rattled up 26 runs, but Meade struck again in the 14th over to dismiss the danger man.
Jack Taylor and Phil Hayes became the new danger men though as they put on 84 in 23 overs and Nelson switched bowlers around, trying to make another breakthrough.
Phelan made that breakthrough, taking a stinging return catch to dismiss Taylor for 34.
Hayes found another able partner, however, in Colne FC captain Alex Coleman, and they took Haslingden to 180 before Coleman was run out for 25 at the start of the 48 the over - 25 to win from 17 balls.
Hayes hit his eighth four in the penultimate over but was then bowled by Meade for 77.
Meade finished with the excellent figures of 5-29.
The final over, bowled by Halstead, arrived with the visitors needing 10 to win but Jordan Shannon and Alec Jeffrey, who was dropped by Hussain off a skyer, could not find the boundaries.
Four runs were required off the last ball but Jeffrey was run out without any runs being completed, giving Nelson the 10 points for victory and Haslingden five points for coming close.
Nelson travel to face Rishton on Sunday, hoping to add to their run of wins in their penultimate match of the season.