Admirable Nelson are the club to be seen at
NELSON are currently riding the crest of a wave at the top of 1A East and captain Stuart Cotton has said the entire club is in a fantastic place.
Alongside the first team, Nelson seconds are also in the promotion places in 2C East and the youth section at the club is thriving.
The first team have won five of their nine games so far this season and currently sit five points ahead of second-placed Street End.
Saturday's stunning victory away at East Langdon was down to a mixture of youth and experience according to captain Cotton and he is absolutely thrilled with how his side and the club in general is performing.
Cotton told the Gazette: "We are sitting top of the league and well deserve to be. The team spirit within the whole club is phenomenal which certainly helps when things aren't quite going to plan.
"Our young bowlers have been brilliant with Charlie (Cotton) being almost unplayable and the lads batting have been sensational with Scott Tift, Jordan Webster and Martin Christian looking a class above at the moment.
"Our fielding is getting better by the week and it is extremely enjoyable being on the cricket pitch with all your mates.
"Everyone is lapping it up and we're all playing with a smile on our faces."
Cotton says that while his players do enjoy playing league cricket it is not the be all and end all for them and often prefer playing Sunday friendlies as opposed to competitive action.
Cotton added: "We're not that obsessed with league cricket as most of our opponents seem.
"I can't quite believe some of the sledging that goes on. We play Sunday friendlies as well and some of these have been brilliant games. We have had some amazing individual and team performances on these Sunday matches which are equally as competitive as a Saturday game without the need to talk rubbish.
"Our teams have a nice mixture of experience and youth and we try and get all the youngsters involved as often as possible, we even had 12-year-old Josh Walton playing for the first team on Saturday against East Langdon, who proved way too strong for them with a magnificent display of fielding. These are good times at Nelson CC."
Another fine all-round team performance ensured Nelson secured a stunning victory to stay top of 1A East.
After bowling first, East Langdon reached 100- 2 but the bowlers dragged Nelson back into the game to reduce East Langdon to 176 all out.
David Walton (4-27), Masoud Rangin (3-54) and Charlie Cotton (2-36) did the damage.
Opener Scott Tift hit a sparkling 50 in reply to send Nelson on their way and the experience of evergreen Perry Gillman (27*) and captain Cotton (11*) ensured victory with 5.1 overs to spare.