Lancashire League Sunday: Pelser shines again but Neser mauls the Meadows boys

Brett Pesler kept Rawtenstall top of the table

Brett Pesler kept Rawtenstall top of the table

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BRETT Pelser’s unbeaten 93 kept Rawtenstall on top of the Foster’s Lancashire League as they beat Haslingden to make it a double header to remember for Vinny Hanson’s men.

Alex Marcroft made a half century and Connor Reed hit 42 as Haslingden recovered from 11-3 to post 165-8 at the Worswick Memorial Ground.

Keith Roscoe was the pick of the bowlers with 4-19 from 17 overs with Pelser also claiming two victims.

But that was just for starters for the South African.

Rocky were on the rocks at 14-3 but he and Chris Cook-Martin shared a 152-run stand for the fourth wicket to take them to the brink of victory before the latter fell for 45.

But Pelser completed the job with more than seven overs to spare.

Skipper Neil Thompson claimed his career best bowling figures as Nelson celebrated a double winning weekend thanks to a derby romp at Colne.

Thompson claimed 6-13 from 8.5 overs as Colne collapsed from 74-5 to 101 all out at The Horsfield. Sam Halstead and Richard Meade shared the other wickets.

Tyler McGladdery then hit an unbeaten 50 as Nelson coasted home by eight wickets with the game win two balls into the second half of their reply.

Church won their Hyndburn derby with Rishton with plenty to spare at West End.

Abdul Biswoodall (38) and Matt Hulett (36) were top scorers as Rishton posted 143-9 from their 50 overs with Kamran Basherat claiming four wickets.

Lloyd Aspin then made 63 not out as Church coasted home in the 26th over.

Bacup’s batting woes continued as they collapsed badly at Ramsbottom after doing the hard work with the ball.

Andrew Spencer led the way with 6-36 as Rammy were bowled out for just 112. It would have been much worse had Andy Whittle not made 30 not out batting at number 10 and his efforts to get his side into three figures at least gave them something to bowl at.

As it turned out they had plenty with Daryn Smit claiming 7-10 from 9.2 overs with Bacup slipping from 21-1 to 46 all out.

Michael Neser turned in a quite marvellous all-round display as Todmorden beat East Lancashire with plenty to spare at Alexandra Meadows.

The Queensland Bull Big Bash star claimed 4-29 from 11 overs and executed a quite brilliant run out as he sent Chris Riley (26) back with an acrobatic direct hit.

Elliott Gilford also performed acrobatics to take a marvellous one-handed catch to remove Mini Bhada as East Lancashire were 123 all out.

Tod were wobbling at 25-4 as Shahrukh Khan claiming the first three wickets to fall but Neser showed his class as he made a fine 75 not out, including four enormous sixes, to ease Andrew Sucliffe’s men over the line.

Cobus Pienaar claimed six wickets as Lowerhouse heaped more misery on winless Burnley at Turf Moor.

The South African returned figures of 6-22 as Burnley were bowled out for 107 with Chris Holt top scoring with 29.

The House had a stagger on the way and went from 56-2 to 59-6 but Pienaar made 42 not out and Joey Hawke was unbeaten on 15 as they got home.

And Enfield were also celebrating derby success as they beat Accrington at Dill Hall Lane after piling up 256-8 with Adam Bracewell hitting 79 and pre Werner Coetsee 76.

Ben Dowling led the way with the ball as he claimed four wickets and Hassan Fazal picked up three as Accrington were all out for 161.

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