Accrington Cricket Club

Memorable Matches
Accrington v Todmorden
Telegraph Cup Final
Sunday 10th August 1986

This match was a very tense affair as matches between these two teams were around this period. Todmorden won the toss and batted on a fine sunny afternoon. Accrington professional Rod Tucker and former professional Alan Worsick opened the bowling to left hander Albert Ross and Ian Smith. After eleven tight overs, the visitors were 28 without loss. The first ball of Worsick's sixth over accounted for Smith, caught by Tucker for 13. This brought in Todmorden's free scoring professional South Australian Daryl Scott. The last ball of the over was probably the most important of the match as Scott was caught and bowled by Worsick without scoring.

At the halfway stage, Todmorden were 48 for 2. Ross and John Brierley put on 50 before Brierley was caught by Andy Stevenson for 18 off Worsick. Stuart Priestley was trapped leg before by David Lloyd and Ross followed in the 38th over with the total on 89, having batted almost two and a half hours for 42, caught by Graham Lloyd off Worsick. Wickets continued to fall regularly and when the innings closed in the 47th over the visitors were all out for 121. Alan Worsick once again rose to the occasion to take 6 for 55 in an unbroken 23 over spell and David Lloyd took 3 for 33 in 14 overs.

Accrington made a slow start in reply and after 9 overs, both openers Graham Lloyd and Andy Stevenson were out for 10 to leave the home side on 20 for 2. This brought Rod Tucker and captain Trevor Hatch together. The professional quickly set about the bowling with some beautifully timed strokes. The pair had put on 62 when Tucker fell to opposite number Scott just two runs short of what would have been a large collection. Neil Jones joined his captain but the runs began to dry up. Ian Smith, maintaining an extremely tight line, bowled Hatch and when Scott trapped Jones leg before, Accrington were 94 for 5 in the 37th over. David Lloyd and Mark Aspin were now behind the wheel as the Todmorden bowlers tightened their grip. Nine runs came from 5 overs until Aspin was run out backing up. Paul Barratt came in to add 7 runs with Lloyd senior, until he was bowled by Scott for 1. Such was the strength of Accrington's batting line up that Billy Rawstron was next in at number nine. Twelve runs were required to win in 3 overs. Seven runs came off Scott's last over to leave Accrington needing 3 off the last over which was to be bowled by Ian Smith. Billy Rawstron struck the winning boundary with two balls left to give Accrington their first trophy in 11 years. Alan Worsick was named Man of the match.

Team photograph
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