|Accrington Cricket Club|
August 12th 1916
Earlier in the season, Ramsbottom had become the first team to defeat Accrington in almost two years when they came back from being on the verge of defeat at 87-7, chasing 147 to win. With this in mind the return fixture was eagerly anticipated by the champions.
The gate was slightly disappointing, but the unsettled weather on the day was probably the reason for this. During the game there wee several showers, some heavy, but despite this the game went on uninterrupted.
Ramsbottom batted first and were soon in trouble on a hard fast wicket against the pace of Alec Jackson, Wolstenholme falling to the third ball of the match. Duerr and Castle then produced the visitors best stand of the innings adding 18 before both were dismissed by Jackson, who went on to claim the first six wickets, three of which were slip catches. Johnny Pollard, having a rare quiet spell in his record breaking season, claimed 2-50 in an unchanged spell with Jackson, who finished with the superb figures of 8-18 off 13 overs to dismiss the visitors for 73.
As Accrington openers Jackson and Stephen Heys walked out to bat, the supporters expected an easy victory. Things were going well at 21-0 when suddenly the game started to change. Both openers were dismissed to catches behind the wicket to bring in the legendary Billy Ormerod. Today was not to be Billy's day however, the great man falling in the same manner without scoring. George Parker soon followed, bowled by Bradshaw, who by now had his tail up. Four slips standing well back in eager anticipation waited for each delivery.
Skipper Arnold Chadwick was next to go, stumped without scoring, to be quickly followed by an unhappy Johnny Pollard and young Bill Finney. 31-7 became 37-8 when wicketkeeper Jim Inman was dismissed.
The champions had their backs to the wall, but cometh the hour, cometh the man. Harold Secker and Scaife added 14 before the latter was bowled by Bradshaw. This brought together youngsters Secker and Yates - 23 to win, one wicket to fall. Secker, missed twice early on, dominated the partnership, growing in confidence all the time with Yates content to defend his wicket. Secker played a majestic extra cover drive off Duerr and unbelievably, victory was in sight. The field closed in on young Yates, but cool as a cucumber he turned Duerr off his legs to win the match. The crowd rushed on to the field and chaired the youngsters off shoulder high to the pavilion. This is what champions are made of!