Russell earns two collections as Nelson win penultimate outing

Russell Bradley hit his best score of 64, before taking five victims behind the stumps
Russell Bradley hit his best score of 64, before taking five victims behind the stumps

Nelson won their penultimate game at Todmorden on Sunday by 15 runs as Russell Bradley earned two collections in an outstanding performance.

Nelson won the toss and elected to bat first on a bitterly cold day at Centre Vale.

Despite losing Max Howells for four early, Nelson set off like an express train, rattling up 50 runs inside the first 10 overs.

Young Tyler McGladdery had made an enterprising 27 when he pushed a half-volley into the hands of mid-on but David Crotty did not last long before he was caught behind for one.

Neil Thompson and Ryan Canning put on 56 for the fourth wicket, as Canning notched his 10th half-century of the season and took his season’s tally to 892 runs before he was given out lbw to Geeth Alwis, for 55.

The final seven overs were where Nelson really put the opposition to the sword.

Sixty nine runs were added as Thompson and Russell Bradley and then Harrison Phelan attacked the bowling.

Thompson was caught in the deep for 45 and Bradley, after hitting two fours and three sixes in recording his highest ever league score, was caught off a skyer for 64.

Phelan equalled his previous best and was undefeated on 18 when the Nelson innings closed on 237-7.

Needing to score at the rate of 4.76 runs per over, Todmorden gave themselves a chance of victory by scoring at a rate of over five per over for the first half of their innings.

However, they lost wickets at regular intervals and at the halfway stage were 127-6.

Richard Meade had taken a couple of wickets, having Ben Sutcliffe caught behind for three and taking the important wicket of professional Geeth Alwis who was caught by Crotty for 14.

Young Lewis Hillman took his first ever senior wicket by bowling Elliott Gilford for six and Phelan had the dangerous Simon Newbitt stumped for 37.

A double bowling change brought double success for Nelson as Andrew Sutcliffe was stumped off the bowling of McGladdery for 11 and Ross Coates was bowled by Thompson for 35.

McGladdery and Thompson did slow the run rate for a while before Kristian Garland (39) and Freddie Priestley (26) picked up the pace again.

Both batsmen, however, became stumping victims for Russell Bradley as they danced down the wicket to Howells and Thompson respectively.

It was a good day for Bradley as he earned himself a second collection for the match, claiming five victims. Todmorden, even when nine wickets were down, did not give up the chase until it was mathematically impossible to win and they were eventually beaten by 15 runs.

Nelson are at home to Haslingden on Sunday for the final match of the season.