RAMSBOTTOM beat the rain to raise aloft the Lancashire League Twenty20 trophy on Friday night as they eased past heartbroken Nelson at a wet Acre Bottom.

Jonathan Fielding’s men, winners of the competition last season, won the match by 10 wickets as they chase a quadruple of Ron Singleton Colne Trophy, Twenty20, Worsley Cup and Lancashire League title.

But for Nelson the feeling was of pain for the second time in five days after they lost to Church in the Worsley Cup semi-final.

Nelson went into the tie confident having beaten Ramsbottom at Acre Bottom in the league earlier this season – and when they batted first they piled up the runs after a measured start.

Tight bowling from Ramsbottom put the pressure on Nelson with former Seedhill ace Andy Hakin conceding just 11 runs from his four overs against his old team-mates.

But with Russell Bradley making a quite excellent 46 from 44 balls and professional Luke Woodcock scoring 35 Nelson got their innings back on track.

Skipper Tom Lord launched Fielding onto the roof of the paper mill on his way to 20 and Nelson had got up to a testing 133-5 from their 20 overs.

Ramsbottom opened with David Bell and professional Shanan Stewart as they chased – but their reply was interrupted by rain after six overs.

Play resumed but only another five overs were possible before another storm ended play for the night – but Ramsbottom were coasting along at 77-0 and well ahead on run rate and claimed the crown.

Stewart was 32 not out and Bell unbeaten on 25, while Nelson also conceded 20 extras as their hopes were dashed.