|Accrington Cricket Club|
September 1st 2001
Accrington A beat Attock B to win the Harry Wood Cup by 5 wickets at Thorneyholme Road. Accrington's Paul Burrows hit an unbeaten 53 to win the 'Man of the match' award. The win sealed the team's fifth trophy in six seasons under the captaincy of Mick Donnelly and it was the third time that Accrington have won the Harry Wood Cup.
Attock B batted first and got off to a rapid start, hitting 41 off the first 8 overs with Mohammed Riaz and Nasser Jamal lofting the ball around the ground. Riaz was first to go, caught by Mick Donnelly in the gulley off Tom Pendergast for 20. Nasser Jamal was next to go in the 13th over, caught by wicketkeeper Paul Burrows off Pendergast for 24. Jamal hit three fours and one six and had survived an early chance to slip. Khizer Rehman soon followed without scoring, caught at slip by Alven Burrows off Pendergast. The veteran bowler claimed his fourth wicket when Hyatt was caught by the retreating Zaed Hussain at cover for 21. At the halfway point, Attock B were 85/4 and Phil Carter replaced Pendergast who had taken 4-33 in 9 overs, 4 of which were maidens.
Carter soon began to find movement and removed Arshad Khan for 1. The dangerous Chengiaz Kahn had made 17 when he attempted one big hit too many and was caught by Nigel Stockley at long on in front of the pavilion for 17 to leave Attock B on 90/6. Carter then mopped up the tail with only Share Rehman, who hit an unbeaten 15, offering any resistance and Attock were dismissed for 119 with Carter taking 5-13. Imran Hussain took 1-26 and Mus Shah was wicketless, conceding 45 runs in his 9 over spell.
The Accrington reply began slowly against a nine man team. Two of the Attock players were making a purchase at a local shop when the second innings began. This meant that Khizer Rehman opened the bowling, conceding 4 runs off the first over. The first wicket fell at 24 in the 11th over when Mick Donnelly gave Hyatt a simple return catch. Nigel Stockley soon followed, adjudged run out for 4 and when Mus Shah followed without scoring, Accrington were in trouble at 25/3.
Slowly the runs began to come with Mark Booth and Paul Burrows put on 42 for the 4th wicket when Booth attempted to pull a short ball from Share Rehman that kept low and was given out lbw for 12 in what could be his last innings for the club. Zaed Hussain strode to the wicket and hit a rapid 13 before holing out to Riaz with the score on 87. Alven Burrows joined his son Paul and these two saw Accrington home in the 34th over. Paul hit seven boundaries in his match winning knock that deservedly earned him the 'Man of the match' award.