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Accrington v Burnley in the Worsley Cup

The two clubs have met fifteen times in the Worsley Cup with five wins for Accrington and ten wins for Burnley.

Accrington's first ever match in the competition was against Burnley in 1920. Accrington won the match by 6 wickets. It was 1951 before the clubs met again. The next four meetings between the sides in the 1950s and 60s all went the way of Burnley. It was the Worsley Cup Final of 1970 when Accrington next got the better of Burnley.

Burnley won the next three meetings in the 1970s and 1980s until Accrington came out on top in the 1989 semi final.

Again in the 1990s and 2000s Burnley won the next three encounters until the clubs met in the 2008 semi final which was won by Accrington. The last time the clubs met in this competition was in 2017 when Accrington ended Burnley's record breaking five year unbeaten run.

Round 1 Saturday 8th May 1920
Accrington 68-4, Burnley 58

Accrington's first match in the Worsley Cup brought a 6 wicket win over Burnley in a low scoring match played in damp conditions. The wet field meant a delay of an hour and a half. When play got under way Burnley's batsmen found scoring runs very difficult. Professional George Leach picked up Burnley opener Simpson off the second ball of the match after conceding a boundary off his opening delivery. Whitehead (11) and professional James Horsley (21) were the only Burnley batsmen to make double figures as the visitors were bowled out for just 58. Leach picked up 6-27 and Alec Jackson 4-26 for Accrington. This pair then opened the batting but their partnership was short lived with Jackson falling to Horsley for 3. J. Grisedale soon followed to the Burnley professional without scoring and then Horsley dismissed Leach for 16. Johnny Pollard (21 not out) and Bill Finney (7 not out) saw Accrington to a 6 wicket win after skipper Jimmy Ramsbottom had been dismissed for 12.

Round 2 Monday, Tuesday 18th, 19th June 1951
Burnley 130-2, Accrington 84
Accrington were well beaten by a powerful Burnley side that went on to appear in the final. Bruce Pairaudeau hit an unbeaten 71 with professional Cec Pepper also unbeaten on 47 when Burnley suspended at 130-2 on Monday evening. Pepper picked up the wickets of Les Carter and Paul Fox with Accrington sending in nightwatchman Ron Eckersley, who took both of the Burnley wickets to fall, as the visitors closed on 20-2. Accrington had no answer to Pepper the following evening as the legendary Australian leg spinner took 8-23 to dismiss Accrington for 84. Lindon Dewhurst top scored with 24 with Australian professional Mick Raymer making 11.

Round 1 Tuesday 24th May 1955
Burnley 56-1, Accrington 54
Accrington were brushed aside by 9 wickets after being rolled over for just 54 at Turf Moor. Jack Brunton took 6-15 and Peter Stansfield 3-17 with only Jackie Hope (17) and Les Carter (13) making double figures. Roy Dewhurst batted for over an hour without scoring and professional Sayajirao Dhanawade made just 3 as Accrington struggled. No such problems for Burnley, who lost Derek Riley to Roy Frankland for 15 in knocking off the runs in under 17 overs.

Semi Final Tuesday 19th August 1958
Burnley 113-3, Accrington 111

There were two surprises in this match. Firstly Accrington engaged former Burnley professional Cec Pepper, now playing at Oldham, as professional in place of the still injured Girdhari. Secondly Accrington again faced Colin Martindale for the second time in the Worsley Cup this season, because he had just been transferred from Lowerhouse. On the field, Accrington were dismissed for 111 with professional Collie Smith taking 6-38. Pepper made 15, Russ Cuddihy 16 and Les Carter 15 as Accrington were quickly brushed aside by the eventual winners of the competition. Don Ormerod hit an unbeaten 45 and Derek Riley 44 with Pepper taking 3-51.

Round 1 Sunday 12th June 1966
Burnley 225, Accrington 155
Burnley openers Derek Riley (67) and Roland Harrison (59) put on 109 for the 1st wicket to lay the foundations of the home sides huge total of 225 at Turf Moor against Accrington. Professional George Griffiths took 6-74 in an expensive 12 over stint with Neville Richardson taking 4-52 as Burnley's innings ended in the 39th over. Accrington never looked like keeping up with the run rate after a slow start. Russ Cuddihy briefly upped the tempo with 30 and Griffiths made his highest score to date with 65, but it was never enough to threaten Burnley who dismissed the visitors for 155 with Barry Foster taking 4-20.


Worsley Cup Final
Sunday 9th August 1970
Accrington 169-9, Burnley
143

Nearly 3,000 people witnessed the final as Accrington entertained eventual league champions Burnley on Sunday August 9th 1970.

It was a game dominated by Accrington's Australian professional Bruce Francis who scored 84 of his teams 169-9. Opening with Geoff Hayhurst, Francis began aggressively against the opening attack of West Indian Duncan Carter, standing in for the injured Harold Rhodes, and Joe Fletcher. It was the amateur who claimed the first wicket when a mistimed shot by the left handed Hayhurst presented Fletcher with a return catch with the score on 29. Linden Dewhurst came in at three but he found scoring difficult against the pace and accuracy of Carter. The half century came up in the 15th over and with the score on 63, Dewhurst was caught by Chris Rawstron off Fletcher for 5 off his first forcing stroke. Russ Cuddihy was next in and he also struggled to score. After 20 overs the score was 70-2 but the next five overs saw the run rate increase and the century came up in the 25th over. After hitting his own half century, Francis looked to up the tempo even more, smashing Carter out of the attack by taking 19 runs off his 14th over, including three successive boundaries through mid wicket. The next over though saw the end of the Australian when he lost his middle stump after a wild swing at Fletcher for a superb 84, scored out of 120. Francis hit 12 boundaries and one six in his 141 minute stay at the crease. In four innings in the Worsley Cup, Francis scored a total of 374 runs, with a highest score of 134.

Bobby Ratcliffe didn't last long, losing his leg stump to Fletcher, two balls later without having troubled the scorers. Brian Rutter became Rawstron's first victim, lbw for 1 at 125-5. Rawstron then removed Alan Richardson for 2 with the total on 129. Cuddihy was joined by skipper Eddie Robinson and together they took the score to 148, until Cuddihy's dogged innings ended for 30, caught on the boundary by Carter to give Rawstron his third wicket. Terry Neville made 6 before edging to wicketkeeper Jack Richardson off Rawstron and Ian Birtwistle was run out off the last ball of the 36th over. Robinson finished with 18 not out with Fletcher taking 4-86 in 18 overs and Rawstron 4-18 for Burnley.

In reply, Burnley looked to score some quick runs but with the total on 14 in the 3rd over, Peter Brown played round a straight ball from Robinson and was adjudged lbw for 9. Mick McLeod was next to go four runs later when Robinson spun a leg break past his defensive stroke and then Neil Whalley holed out to Ratcliffe to give Alan Worsick his first wicket with the score on 25. Worse was to follow when skipper Roland Harrison edged Worsick behind to Neville for 20 and Burnley were in deep trouble at 32-4. But this match was far from over yet as the West Indian Carter began to hit Burnley back into the match with a tremendous innings of 75. Carter put on 49 with Barry Bromley, bringing up the half century in the 14th over, until the amateur was finally caught behind by Neville off Robinson, having scored just 4 with the total on 81. Bernard Lavin came in at seven and he and Carter took the total past the century, which the West Indian brought up with a big six over long off, a stroke that also signalled his own half century. Ratcliffe joined the attack in an attempt to break up this dangerous partnership as Burnley began to close in on Accrington's score. The medium pacer turned the match the home sides way when he bowled Lavin at 105 and then Worsick bowled Cliff Maden for 1. Fletcher was then run out for 3 to leave Burnley on 112-8. Robinson returned to the attack, but Carter took 14 off his over as Burnley needed 45 off the last five overs. The next over saw Accrington move a step closer as Worsick ran out Rawstron with a nippy piece of fielding. The rain began to fall as the pressure mounted on Carter. Fittingly it was the skipper Robinson who ended Carter's innings for 75 to give Accrington the Worsley Cup for the first time since 1936.

Robinson took 4-50, Worsick 3-70 and Ratcliffe, soon to join Lancashire, took 1-20 as Burnley were dismissed for 143 in the 35th over. In just over an hour at the crease. Carter hit seven fours and two sixes. To the delight of the wildly enthusiastic crowd, Accrington skipper Eddie Robinson received the trophy.

 

Round 2 Sunday 27th June 1971
Burnley 138-8, Accrington 100
Holders Accrington went out in disappointing style at Burnley in a match that was played on Sunday June 27th. Excellent bowling by Geoff Woodcock, playing only his second senior game of the season, reduced Burnley to 102-8 but Joe Fletcher smashed an unbeaten 42 to take Burnley to 139-8. Woodcock finished with 5-74 after taking his fifth wicket with just 42 runs conceded. Alan Worsick took 2-47. On an unpredictable wicket, the holders were soon in trouble with John Kearsley, the hero of the previous round, coming back to earth with a duck, bowled playing around a full toss by Barry Foster. Chris Rawstron dismissed professional David Bailey for 7, Russ Cuddihy made 18 before being superbly caught one handed by Mick McLeod and Geoff Hayhurst made 24. At 53-5, skipper Eddie Robinson decided to attack Rawstron, hitting 26 off an over with two sixes, three fours and a two, but he perished in Rawstron's next over with John Richardson stumping him for 30. Ian Birtwistle made 14, but Rawstron ran through the rest of the side, picking up 6-54 and professional Harold Rhodes took 3-5 after recovering from a facial injury sustained whilst batting against Worsick.

Group 4 Sunday 23rd May 1982
Burnley 183-7, Accrington 180-6
Accrington were again involved in a nailbiting finish but this time it was Burnley who came out on top at Turf Moor after half the side had gone for 65 chasing 181 for victory. Half centuries from Mark Aspin (51) and Neil Jones (50) in a 3rd wicket stand of 91 helped Accrington to 180-6 with opener Graham Beech also hitting six impressive boundaries in his 37. Professional Daryl Smith (4-75) then took 4 wickets but a superb unbeaten 69 by Trevor Pickup took Burnley to an against the odds victory with just 5 balls left. Wicketkeeper Gordon Allison (29) and Paul Spencer (22 not out) gave Pickup the support he needed to carve out Burnley's first cup win of the season.

Round 2 Sunday 3rd June 1984
Accrington 125-7, Burnley 126-3

Accrington lost to eventual winners Burnley by 7 wickets at Thorneyholme Road after being tied down by some tight bowling by the visiting attack. David Lloyd top scored with 66, including five boundaries, made out of 103 scored whilst he was at the wicket. A late unbeaten 28 by Neil Jones lifted Accrington to 125-7 but an unbeaten 68 by professional Mudasser Nazar and 41 by Peter Brown saw Burnley to an easy 7 wicket win.

Round 1 Saturday 27th May 1989
Burnley 180-7, Accrington 183-8
League leaders Accrington had an exciting 3 wicket win at Burnley off the penultimate ball. Home skipper Peter Brown top scored with 62 with good support from professional Mudasser Nazar (34), Leighton James (26) and Terry Little (24) in Burnley's 180-7. Ian Birtwistle took 4-55 and professional Robert Haynes 3-95 in 24 overs for the visitors. Mudasser then removed openers Nick Marsh (8) and Andy Barker (0) but Haynes (23) and Billy Rawstron (62) led a recovery which the Pakistani wrecked with another 3 wickets to finish with 5-61 before Accrington skipper David Lloyd (32 not out) and Trevor Hatch (24) put the match back within the visitors reach.

Round 2 Saturday 1st June 1991
Burnley 222-1, Accrington 219-9
Terry Little notched his second unbeaten century of the competition in Burnley's 9 wicket win over Accrington at Turf Moor. Little hit 13 fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 104 with his final six off Steve Juliff winning the match after an epic 2nd wicket stand of 221 with Duncan Spencer, who made an unbeaten 92 with 11 fours after Mark Harvey had been dismissed by Paul Seedle in the first over. Shane Warne had earlier hit 51, his first half century for Accrington in the visitors total of 219-9. Bob Whitaker removed openers Neil Barnes (11) and Nick Marsh (8), but conceded 81 runs from 16 overs. Skipper Andy Barker was run out for 8 but Warne found an ally in Billy Rawstron (40), adding 52 for the 3rd wicket. Paul Barratt (32) then put on 36 for the 5th wicket with the Australian before Warne became one of five victims for Malcolm Heyworth after hitting seven fours and a six from 47 balls. Heyworth also removed Mark Greenhalgh (12) and Seedle to finish with 5-61 from 11 overs but Accrington spinners Warne (0-53) and Damian Clarke (0-45) couldn't match him as Burnley won with 10 overs to spare.

Round 2 Saturday, Monday 2nd, 4th June 2001
Accrington 149, Burnley 152-4
Burnley took just over an hour to reach the semi finals on Monday night at Thorneyholme Road, losing two late wickets in an easy victory. Resuming on 60-2 after 18 overs chasing Accrington's total of 149 all out, professional Dale Benkenstein scored 59 and David Brown an unbeaten 52 to give Burnley a 6 wicket victory. The home side fielded a substitute professional in Joe Scuderi after Tama Canning pulled out with chicken pox. Adam Greenwood top scored with 39 for Accrington with Dale Benkenstein and David Brown sharing identical bowling figures as well as initials with 4-29.

Round 1 Saturday 27th May 2006
Accrington 125, Burnley 127-4

Bottom side Burnley were the first club to reach the 2nd Round with a 6 wicket win at Accrington. After a delayed start, Accrington professional Nishit Shetty was the only man in double figures in the home side's 125 all out. Shetty hit nine fours and two sixes in a 123 ball knock of 88 after Accrington had lost Graeme Sneddon to the first ball of the match. Jonathan Clare knocked over the first three wickets at a cost of just three runs, finishing with 3-24 as the batsmen struggled to come to terms with a damp wicket. No such problems for Shetty, who fought off the effects of a gruelling flight home to India to visit his sick father, to pass 500 runs for Accrington in only his fifth innings for the club. James Ormerod was the only player to offer Shetty anything like the support he needed, making 7 from 37 balls in an 8th wicket stand of 31 which ended when Shetty holed out to Clare off Steve Brunt's second delivery. Ben Law (28) got Burnley off to a flier, adding 35 with Vishal Tripathi before falling to Shetty's left arm spin. David Ormerod picked up Clare and Shetty snared his opposite number Harvey to give the home supporters some hope, but Tripathi remained unmoved, hitting seven fours and two sixes before falling in spectacular fashion to Sneddon, who yorked him for 57 with the opener finishing flat out on the ground. Chris Burton (19 not out) and Brunt (10 not out) then quickly wrapped the match up with almost 20 overs to spare.

Burnley v Accrington
Sunday June 29th 2008

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Burnley 130 Accrington 137
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Accrington beat Burnley by 7 runs

Accrington have reached the Worsley Cup Final for the first time since 1989 after a dramatic 7 run win at Burnley.

Defending a total of 137, Accrington were under the cosh with Burnley cruising at 67-2 with professional Jeeva Kulatunga at the crease on 40. The Sri Lankan hit the ball to point and set off for a run that never was, only to be sent back by his partner Mohammed Jamal. Kulatunga could only watch as his innings was ended in disastrous fashion. Jamal battled on to take the score to 105 but when he was bowled by Paul Carroll, 33 were needed for victory with just 2 wickets in hand. Chris Burton did his best but Damian Clarke removed both Bharat Tripathi and last man James Capstick with leg before decisions to wrap up a dramatic win for Accrington. Burton finished unbeaten on 22.

Rain delayed the start of the match until 3pm when Accrington began their innings after being put in to bat. Openers Carroll and Matt Wilson put on 28 before Carroll was caught by Qasim Ali off Steve Brunt for 23. Stuart Crabtree was clean bowled by Brunt on the same score and Wilson was sent back by Kulatunga for 14 with the score on 42. Professional Roy Silva and Graham Lloyd put on 40 before both men finished up at the same end after a mix up. It was Lloyd (14) who ended up walking back and the Sri Lankan soon followed at 93 after making 31, caught by Brunt off Tripathi, who conceded just 14 runs from his 10 over spell. Ali removed Toby Bulcock for 14 and Simon Hanson was run out for 8 to leave Accrington on 117-7. Ali then removed Afzal and David Ormerod and Michael Kelly accounted for Clarke to end the Accrington innings on 137. Brunt picked up 2-19 and Ali 3-21 for Burnley.

Silva removed openers Brunt and Daniel Pickup to have Burnley rocking at 11-2. Then Kulatunga and Jamal put on 56 before the Sri Lankans innings ended. Bulcock picked up Kelly and Ali and then Ormerod trapped Nathan Whitehead to put Accrington on top at 82-6. Ormerod struck again to remove Stephen Whittaker (10) and then Carroll picked up the vital wicket of Jamal.

Round 1 Sunday May 7th 2017
Accrington 155-7, Burnley 129
Accrington
ended Burnley's record breaking five year unbeaten run in the Worsley Cup with a 26 run victory at Thorneyholme Road on a dramatic day of broken records and shock results. Jacob Clarke was the match winner following up a brilliant unbeaten innings of 53 with spell of 2-33 which included the vital wicket of Burnley professional Chris Holt. Accrington closed on 155-7 after losing openers Ramiz Hussain (2) and skipper Simon Hanson (12) and professional Michael Erlank (0) cheaply. An unbeaten half century from Clarke kept Accrington in contention. Clarke hit five fours in making 53 from 92 balls, adding 36 for the 4th wicket with Keiren Grimshaw (19), 34 for the 5th with Graeme Sneddon (19) and 40 for the 6th wicket with Asef Mahmood who hit two sixes in his innings of 23. Cole Hayman took 3-23 and Jhangir Liaqat 2-42 for Burnley. David Ormerod rolled back the years with a 10 over spell that reduced the cup holders to 28-5. The veteran took 3-12, sending back Matt Roberts (0), Joe Marshall (1) and Michael Kelly (2). Erlank (2-13) also opened the bowling dismissing skipper Dan Pickup (1) and David Brown (0). Holt though stood firm, making 53 from 94 balls until wicketkeeper Sam Bancroft held a catch off Clarke. Liaqat made an unbeaten 30 but Clarke bowled last man Liam Bedford, who came in last due to a finger injury sustained whilst keeping wicket, to secure an historic victory for Accrington.