Nelson left with little to smile about!

NICE STROKE: Nelson batsman David Crotty faces the bowling of Burnley's Cole Hayman. Photo: Ben Parsons.
NICE STROKE: Nelson batsman David Crotty faces the bowling of Burnley's Cole Hayman. Photo: Ben Parsons.

Nelson had little to smile about after enduring a torrid weekend in the Lancashire League.

The Seedhill side entertained Ramsbottom on Saturday in a game the visitors dominated from start to finish.

Nelson did not help themselves, conceding 19 runs and having to bowl an extra three overs.

Sixteen-year-old Harry Dearden held the visitors’ innings together, fifth man out in the 43rd over for 65.

Ryan Canning, the Nelson professional, captained the side in the absence of Neil Thompson and brought himself on to bowl as Ramsbottom began their final assault. He conceded just 23 runs from eight overs while collecting the wickets of Harry Dearden and Rob Read.

Ramsbottom’s professional, Pieter Malan, was second-highest scorer with 25 but was clean-bowled by 15-year-old Harrison Phelan.

Ramsbottom eventually posted 189 -7.

After 13 overs, Nelson had progressed to 34 -1 before Jon Fielding took 3-4 runs in his first five overs.

Tom Bradshaw and Canning both batted for over an hour before Fielding dismissed them for 14 and 22 respectively. Sean Lemon (0)and Max Howells (7) left Nelson reeling on 68 for 5.

Russell Bradley then hit a six and six fours in a 29-ball 35, but Nelson’s innings petered out at 123.

There was no joy on Sunday either as Nelson travelled to Turf Moor. Burnley kept it tight to start with only 55 coming off the first 20 overs. The start of the innings was anchored by young McGladdery (51) but the home side struck with a run out and Hayman bouncing out Canning for 10. A counter attack ensued with all the middle order contributing 20s and 30s as the bowlers were punished.

Rasool (2-72 off 17 overs), Bharat Tripathi (1-84), and Hayman (3-53) were the wicket takers.

In reply to a daunting 242 the home side started well with an opening partnership of 63 with Brunt (19) and an excellent knock of 64 by Dan Pickup, which led to Josh Whitehead (37) and Rasool (30 off 18 balls) to take the home side close to victory.

At 197-5 there was still 45 needed but keeper Chris Burton steered Burnley home with 32 not out, ably supported by Lalor (15 not out).

On Friday, in the Twenty20 at home to Burnley, the visitors scored 99, before Nelson eased home with six overs left.

Tonight, Nelson are at Lowwerhouse in the Twenty20, before their Worsley Cup second round tie at home to Rawtenstall tomorrow, and a home league clash with East Lancs on Sunday.