It was far from ‘home sweet home’ for Nelson at the weekend as Burnley did the double over their mini-derby rivals at Seedhill.
In the Pride of Pendle Group in the limited overs competition on Friday night, Bharat Tripathi’s side secured the two points courtesy of a four-wicket win.
Cole Hayman claimed figures of 3-11 and the visiting skipper added two victims as the hosts were extinguished for 101 before Jonathan Clare’s knock of 53 put Burnley in the driving seat.
Stephen Brunt pushed the away side over the line with an unbeaten knock of 20, alongside Hayman who finished six not out.
Having chased their opponent’s tally over 20 overs, Burnley displayed another weapon in their armoury as they defended their 176-8 total on Sunday to edge to a 15-run triumph.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and made steady progress in laying their foundations. Vishal Tripathi made 16 in 64 minutes before being caught on the square leg boundary by Harrison Phelan. The Nelson amateur had already taken a catch at mid-off to dismiss professional Chris Holt for 19.
David Brown and Clare combined with a stand of 80 for the third wicket and threatened to take the match out of Nelson’s reach.
With 10 overs remaining Burnley were 138-2 and Brown had just completed his 50 from 86 balls with the aid of three fours and a six. He had been dropped twice - once when on 26 and again when on 34.
The saying goes, ‘catches win matches’, so Nelson did themselves no favours, especially when Clare, on 20, was also missed.
Burnley’s progress was halted, however, and they only added a further 38 as they lost six wickets in those final overs. Brown was stumped off Kesh Maharaj’s bowling for 50 and Clare was caught at deep mid on for 34 off Toxy Hussain, who went on to take four for 28.
Nelson’s Bradley brothers, Russell and Lewis, pushed the hosts in to contention with an opening partnership of 40 before the former was bowled for 16 by the younger Tripathi sibling.
Phelan, promoted to number three, suffered a dubious LBW decision after scoring eight, but Khurrum Nazir and Bradley took the home side along at a decent pace, lifting the score to 110 by the 33rd over.
Bradley completed his second half-century in successive matches, this one taking 83 balls. Nazir was then out in the unluckiest of incidents when Bradley hit a full-blooded straight drive which was accidentally deflected onto the stumps by the bowler, Michael Kelly.
Nazir was out of his ground and was run out for 22.
Bradley, having beaten his previous highest score, was next to go. He had made 66 with the help of four fours when he was bowled by Hayman.
Neil Thompson was caught behind off Holt for a duck and Toxy Hussain was given out LBW for eight, leaving Maharaj with the task of taking Nelson home.
He hit two fours and two sixes to make his highest score for Nelson but when Hayman bowled him for 30, Nelson’s innings suddenly collapsed.
Chris Heap, Richard Mead and Sam Halstead all gave simple catches after scoring a solitary run apiece as Nelson went from 155-6 to 161 all out in the space of 15 balls.
That left the hosts 15 runs short as Burnley extended their lead at the top of the Lancashire League table to 13 points.