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Monday December 19th
Former Accrington captain Stuart Crabtree has joined Ribblesdale League side Whalley.
Wednesday November 30th
Accrington will begin their 20/20 campaign with a home match against Ramsbottom on Friday June 2nd. There will be a Finals Day for the first time on Saturday July 29th. This means the Lancashire League fixtures for that day will now be played on Saturday May 6th. [Fixtures]
The transfer of Matt Jones to Accrington from East Lancs was approved at tonight's Lancashire League Meeting.
Friday November 4th
Keiren Grimshaw picked up the Lancashire League Under 23 Batting Award at tonight's Lancashire League Dinner at the Fence Gate Inn for scoring 506 runs at 24.1 during the 2016 season.
Wenesday October 26th
Accrington will entertain Worsley Cup holders Burnley in the 1st Round of the 2017 competition. Ties will be played on Sunday May 7th.
Accrington have been drawn with East Lancs, Ramsbottom, Lowerhouse,
Todmorden in the 2020 competition.
Accrington face Church in a local derby in the opening game at West End on Sunday April 16th. [2017 Fixtures]
Tuesday October 18th
Keiren Grimshaw picked up three awards at the club's Annual Presentation Night. [More]
Friday October 14th
The club is saddened to learn for the passing of long time supporter Derek Barnes last Monday at the age of 86. Derek's funeral will be held on Thursday October 20th at 11am at Accrington Crematorium. Family flowers only please with donations if desired to Derian House or Accrington Cricket Club.
Wednesday September 28th
Accrington have appointed Simon Hanson as captain for the 2017 season. Simon said: "I'm pleased to have been appointed captain. I'm looking forward to rebuilding the team and having a good season next year."
Tuesday September 27th
Accrington have signed South African Michael Erlank as professional for the 2017 season. [More]
Tuesday September 20th
The Under 15s have finally been confirmed as champions of Division 3. The team won six of their ten games losing just once.
Thursday September 8th
The club bids farewell to Ockert Erasmus who has been professional for the last three seasons. Ocki, who will be moving to Lowerhouse in 2017, plays has last match for Accrington against his previous club East Lancs at Thorneyholme Road on Sunday. Accrington name an unchanged team whilst East Lancs bring in Niall Boyle and Adam Bolton in place of skipper John Turner and Mo Bhada. Minhaj Bhada takes charge. Looking back at Accrington v East Lancs in 1986 [This Weeks Teams]
The thirds again try to play their final match of the season against Church at Thorneyholme Road on Saturday.
Thursday September 1st
The penultimate weekend of the 2016 season sees Accrington travel to Colne on Sunday to play the reverse of the opening day fixture. A win for Accrington would boost the club's chances of top ten finish with Colne the team directly above Ockert Erasmus' men just 1 point ahead. Accrington name an unchanged team. Colne make two changes on the amateur front with Danny Kegg and Joel Duerden replacing Martin Kegg and Uzair Khalid. Former Rawtenstall professional Brett Pelser stands in as sub professional. Looking back at Colne v Accrington in 1986
Please note all matches in September start at 12.30pm
The thirds play their last match of the season on Saturday when they entertain title chasing Church in a local derby.
Please note all matches in September start at 12.30pm
Thursday August 25th
The final double header weekend of the 2016 season sees a double dose of local derby action. Accrington take on their neighbours Enfield and Church in an action packed Bank Holiday weekend.
Saturday sees Accrington travel to Dill Hall Lane to take on Enfield. The home side are without in-form bowlers Ben Dowling and Simon O'Loughlin along with wicketkeeper Liam Bedford who are replaced by Lewis Garratty, Jack Cook and Jacob Johnson. The bad news is that Alviro Petersen will stand in as sub professional for his former club. Accrington make a couple of changes. David Ormerod and Toc Hussain replace Joe Lloyd and Matt Wilson. Looking back at Enfield v Accrington in 1986
Church are the visitors to Thorneyholme Road on Sunday. Another thorn in Accrington's side, Saeed Anwar stands in as sub professional for Church who field an otherwise unchanged team. Matt Wilson replaces Toc Hussain in the Accrington team. Looking back at Accrington v Church in 1986 [This Weeks Teams]
Monday August 22nd
Accrington professional Ockert Erasmus has decided not to return to the club for a fourth season next year. [More]
Thursday August 18th
The double headers return as we go into the last four weekends of the 2016 season. Accrington face the two title contenders this weekend. On Saturday Accrington travel to play defending champions Burnley who are in second place 2 points behind the leaders. Burnley are currently unbeaten in 22 matches. Burnley make four changes with Jon Clare, Michael Kelly, Cole Hayman and Michael Midwood being replaced by Qasim Shah, Matt Thornton, Josh Broadhurst, and Ali Syed Senior. Accrington are without David Ormerod but Alfie Taylor returns to keep wicket. Looking back at Burnley v Accrington in 1986 [This Weeks Teams]
League leaders Ramsbottom are the visitors on Sunday. Ramsbottom are unbeaten in the 20 league games they have played to date. Both clubs name an unchanged team. Looking back at Accrington v Ramsbottom in 1986
Tuesday August 16th
The thirds final league game against Church has been re-arranged for Saturday September 3rd.
Friday August 12th
Accrington old boy Graeme Fowler is appearing at the Grand Theatre, Clitheroe, in November. [More]
Thursday August 11h
Accrington travel to Nelson on Sunday on the back of three wins from their last four matches. Matt Wilson replaces Alfie Taylor as wicketkeeper and Andy Greenwood comes in for Toc Hussain for Accrington. Nelson also make two changes with David Crotty and Michael Bradley replacing Lewis Hillman and Jack Bradley. Looking back at Nelson v Accrington in 1986
The thirds conclude their fixtures for the season on Saturday when they entertain league leaders Church in a local derby.
Sunday August 7th
The Lancashire League fixtures that were originally scheduled for Sunday August 21st but were changed to Saturday September 3rd due to Burnley's involvement in the LCB Cup semi final have now reverted back to the original date with the exception of the Haslingden Burnley match. Should Burnley progress to the LKO Final, their match with Todmorden will be played on Saturday 10th September. Second team fixtures are unaffected.
Thursday August 4th
Accrington look to continue their climb up the league table when they take on bottom side Bacup at Thorneyholme Road on Saturday. Led by new skipper professional Ockert Erasmus, Accrington climbed two places last Sunday when they beat Haslingden. Victory against Bacup could see the home side reach a season's high ninth place in the table. Bacup left Nelson pointless last Sunday after losing in the last over after hitting 17-8 in their innings. Dominic Boardman replaces Matt Thompson in the Bacup team. Accrington also make a change with Joe Lloyd replacing Andy Greenwood. Looking back at Accrington v Bacup in 1986
Thursday July 28th
Accrington have appointed professional Ockert Erasmus as first team captain for the rest of the season following Graeme Sneddon's decision to stand down. The league fixtures are on Sunday this week. Accrington entertain Worsley Cup finalists Haslingden. David Ormerod and Simon Hanson return in place of Stuart Crabtree and Ramiz Hussain. The visitors make one change with Lee Ingham replacing Jo Sipocz. Looking back at Accrington v Haslingden in 1986 [This Weeks Teams]
Thursday July 21st
Accrington visit third placed Lowerhouse on Saturday. Their rivals are due to meet Burnley in the LCB Cup quarter finals on Sunday so this week the Lancashire League games will be played on Saturday. Toc and Ramiz Hussain replace Simon Hanson and David Ormerod in the Accrington team. Lewis Marsden replaces Adam Hugill in the Lowerhouse team. Looking back at Lowerhouse v Accrington in 1986. [This Weeks Teams]
Thursday July 14th
Accrington entertain local rivals Rishton on Sunday looking to avenge their defeat at Rishton two months ago. That loss broke a sequence of sixteen successive Lancashire League wins over their neighbours stretching back to the championship winning season of 2008. Accrington make two changes with Andrew Greenwood and David Ormerod replacing Ali Hasham and Joe Lloyd. Rishton also make a couple of changes with skipper Matt Lambert and Mark Leathert replacing Josh Whitehead and Danny Briggs. Looking back at Accrington v Rishton in 1986 [This Weeks Teams]
The thirds travel to Burnley on Saturday.
Friday July 8th
Accrington's home match against Rambottom has been switched from Sunday August 21st to Saturday September 3rd due to the involvement of either Lowerhouse or Burnley in the LCB Cup semi finals on that date. The 2nds XI fixtures will also change to September 3rd. Fixtures
Thursday July 7th
Next to bottom side Accrington travel to Rawtenstall on Saturday to play the team directly above them in the table. Rawtenstall's overseas amateur Nick Maiolo has taken over as captain. Joe Lloyd replaces Andrew Greenwood in the Accrington team. Looking back at Rawtenstall v Accrington in 1986
The thirds entertain Lowerhouse on Sunday.
Thursday June 30th
It's winner take all on Friday when the winner of Accrington's 2020 match at Todmorden will progress to the quarter finals. Alfie Taylor and skipper Graeme Sneddon return in place of Matt Wilson and Raheem Kasser. Matt Collins and Elliott Gilford return for Todmorden.
Team: Graeme Sneddon (Captain), David Ormerod, Jacob Clarke, Ali Hasham, Jimmy Hayhurst, Simon Hanson, Keiren Grimshaw, Jon Hayhurst, Stuart Crabtree, Alfie Taylor (wk), Ockert Erasmus (Pro). Meet Todmorden 5.15pm.
The league games are on Saturday this week due to the LCB Cup games being played on Sunday. Accrington again face Todmorden this time at Thorneyholme Road. Andrew Greenwood replaces David Ormerod in the Accrington team. James Starasczuk and Matt Collins replace Tom Hosker and Hamza Ali in the Todmorden team. Looking back at Accrington v Todmorden in 1986 [This Weeks Teams]
The thirds travel to Colne on Sunday.
Thursday June 23rd
Friday sees the penultimate 2020 Group games with Accrington hosting Blond Witch Group leaders Church who have won all of their four matches to date. This will be the third meeting of the local rivals this season in league and cup with both clubs have won one match each. Matt Wilson fills in behind the wickets for Accrington. Raheem Kasser makes his senior debut as a late change in place of Joe Lloyd.
Team: Ockert Erasmus (Pro/Captain), David Ormerod, Jacob Clarke, Ali Hasham, Jimmy Hayhurst, Simon Hanson, Raheem Kasser, Keiren Grimshaw, Jon Hayhurst, Stuart Crabtree, Matt Wilson (wk). Meet Accrington 5.15pm.
On Sunday Accrington hit the road for the second week running this time travelling to Blackburn to play East Lancs. Paul Turner replaces Sohail Mohammed in the East Lancs team. Accrington are unchanged. Looking back at East Lancs v Accrington in 1986
The thirds entertain East Lancs on Saturday.
Thursday June 16th
Accrington return to 2020 action on Friday at Lowerhouse. Accrington go into the match in second place in the Blonde Witch Group with Lowerhouse in third. Accrington wont risk injured skipper Graeme Sneddon so professional Ockert Erasmus leads the side which includes Toc Hussain and Joe Lloyd with Simon Hanson also missing.
Team: Ockert Erasmus (Pro/Captain), David Ormerod, Jacob Clarke, Ali Hasham, Jimmy Hayhurst, Toc Hussain, Joe Lloyd, Keiren Grimshaw, Jon Hayhurst, Stuart Crabtree, Alfie Taylor (wk). Meet Lowerhouse 5.15pm.
League action resumes on Sunday with Accrington travelling to Acre Bottom to play unbeaten league leaders Ramsbottom. Callum Kay and Martin Cropper replace Paul Hopton and Michael Howarth in the Ramsbottom team. The return of skipper Graeme Sneddon from injury along with Simon Hanson in place of Joe Lloyd and Toc Hussain mean that Accrington field a full strength team. Looking back at Ramsbottom v Accrington in 1986
The thirds are at Enfield on Saturday.
Thursday June 9th
Blonde Witch Group leaders Accrington have a free Friday this week.
Due to the LCB Cup on Sunday, this weekend's Lancashire League action is on Saturday. Accrington host champions Burnley who currently sit in second place on the table. By contrast Accrington sit second from bottom but go into the game on the back of wins last Friday and Sunday. Dan Pickup replaces Matt Lamb in the Burnley team. Accrington make two changes. Skipper Graeme Sneddon is injured and Simon Hanson unavailable so Joe Lloyd and Toc Hussain step up from the seconds. Professional Ockert Erasmus captains the side. Note the match starts at 12.30pm. Looking back at Accrington v Burnley in 1986 [This Weeks Teams]
The thirds entertain Haslingden on Sunday.
Thursday June 2nd
Accrington go into Friday's 2020 game against Bacup at Thorneyholme Road in second place in the Blonde Witch table. Alfie Taylor returns to reclaim the wicketkeeping gloves from Stuart Crabtree, replacing Ramiz Hussain in the team. Bacup include Jack Bradford, Chris Gansler, Alex Shepherd, Jack Edwards, and veterans Andy Knights and Callum Jones.
Team: Graeme Sneddon (Captain), David Ormerod, Jacob Clarke, Ali Hasham, Jimmy Hayhurst, Simon Hanson, Keiren Grimshaw, Jon Hayhurst, Stuart Crabtree, Alfie Taylor (wk), Ockert Erasmus (Pro). Meet Accrington 5.15pm.
On Sunday it's Derby Day for the second week running. Accrington go to West End to play Church. The home side have already beaten Accrington in the Worsley Cup this season. In 244 Lancashire League meetings Accrington have won 84 and Church 76. The clubs have won four each of meetings in the last five seasons. Joel Gaskill returns to the Church team after injury in place of Francis Kinsella. Usman Tariq stands in as sub professional. Accrington name an unchanged team. Looking back at Church v Accrington in 1986
On Saturday the 3rds go to Bacup.
Thursday May 26th
A hectic weekend kicks off with a return visit to Rishton on Friday to play a 2020 Blond Witch Group game. Rishton make six changes with skipper Matt Lambert returning to take charge with Rishton looking for a second successive win. Stuart Crabtree returns for Accrington to take up the wicketkeeping gloves from the unavailable Alfie Taylor.
Team: Graeme Sneddon (Captain), Ramiz Hussain, David Ormerod, Jacob Clarke, Ali Hasham, Jimmy Hayhurst, Simon Hanson, Keiren Grimshaw, Jon Hayhurst, Stuart Crabtree (wk), Ockert Erasmus (Pro). Meet Rishton 5.15pm.
It's local derby day on Sunday. Accrington entertain sixth placed Enfield. Skipper Tiarnan Hamill, Simon O'Loughlin and Ben Dowling return for the visitors in place of Anthony Steele and the Cook brothers Sam and Jack. Stuart Crabtree and Ali Hasham return for Accrington on place of Matt Wilson and Ramiz Hussain. Looking back at Accrington v Enfield in 1986
The thirds are also in action twice over the Bank Holiday weekend looking to build on a great start to the season. On Saturday they entertain Nelson. Monday's game at Ramsbottom has been postponed.
Thursday May 19th
The 2020 returns on Friday with an extended competition. This season the top four in each group go forward to a quarter final and pink balls will be used for the first time. The groups have been redrawn and Accrington are again in the Blond Witch Group along with Friday's opening night opponents Nelson, Rishton, Bacup,
Lowerhouse, Church and Todmorden. Accrington include David Ormerod for the first time since 2012. Nelson include Wasim Qureshi, Matthew Heap, Chris Heap and Lewis Hillman. Professional Ryan Bailey leads the side in the absence of Neil Thompson.
Team: Graeme Sneddon (Captain), Ramiz Hussain, David Ormerod, Jacob Clarke, Ali Hasham, Jimmy Hayhurst, Simon Hanson, Keiren Grimshaw, Jon Hayhurst, Alfie Taylor (wk), Ockert Erasmus (Pro). Meet Accrington 5.15pm.
The Lancashire League games are on Saturday this week due to the LCB Cup being played on Sunday. Accrington travel to bottom club Bacup who are the only side yet to win this season. Accrington make two changes with Ramiz Hussain and Matt Wilson replacing Stuart Crabtree and Ali Hasham. Bacup make three changes replacing Sam Lord, Luke Donovan and injured skipper Adam Highley with Jack Bradford, Ellis Hussey and Dominic Boardman. Matt Thompson takes over as captain. Looking back at Bacup v Accrington in 1986
The 3rds defend their 100 per cent record on Sunday when they take on Rawtenstall at Thorneyholme Road.
Thursday May 12th
Accrington begin a weekend in Rishton with a 3rd XI game on Saturday.
On Sunday the 1st XI defend their record run of sixteen consecutive Lancashire League wins dating back to the championship winning season of 2008. For the first time since then Rishton go into the match as favourites. Matt Lambert's men sit six places higher and are 20 points better off than Accrington. Rishton professional Shaun von Berg has been in outstanding form to date with 227 runs and 26 wickets to help his side to seventh place in the league and also to progress in to the 2nd round of the Worsley Cup. Rishton make a couple of changes with Matt Leathert and Chris Lambert replacing Josh Whitehead and the injured Nathan Sharrock. Accrington are unchanged. Looking back at Rishton v Accrington in 1986
Friday May 6th
Church will be without professional Zain Abbas who has been recalled for a training camp ahead of Pakistan's full and A tours later in the summer. Last year's paid man Usman Tariq stands in on Sunday.
Thursday May 5th
Another double header weekend sees Accrington in home league action on Saturday followed by a juicy Worsley Cup tie on Sunday against local rivals Church.
Second placed Nelson are the visitors on Saturday. Neil Thompson's side are unbeaten since the opening day inspite of not having a regular professional in place. Nelson hope to have professional Ryan Bailey in the side following his projected arrival on Friday. The club name the same amateur line up that tied with Lowerhouse last Sunday. Joe Lloyd replaces Jimmy Hayhurst in the Accrington team. Looking back at Accrington v Nelson in 1986
Accrington welcome local rivals Church to Thorneyholme Road on Sunday in the 1st round of the Worsley Cup. The two clubs have met twenty-one times in the Worsley Cup with eleven wins for Accrington and ten wins for Church. The visitors won the most recent meeting in 2012 at the semi final stage. Jimmy Hayhurst replaces Joe Lloyd in the Accrington team. Mohamed Adnan replaces Andrew Bentley in the Church team. Accrington v Church in the Worsley Cup [This Weeks Teams]
Tuesday May 3rd
Accrington will host the Lancashire Over 60s v Cheshire Over 60s match on Tuesday June 14th.
Thursday April 28th
The second double header weekend of the season sees Accrington still searching for a first point of the season following three blanks. On Saturday Accrington go to Todmorden. The home side have had a mixed start, winning one and losing two. Todmorden make two changes from the team that lost at Rishton, bringing in Matt Collins and Freddie Priestley in place of Martin Harlow and James Crossley. Ali Hasham replaces Ramiz Hussain in the Accrington team. Looking back at Todmorden v Accrington in 1986. [This Weeks Teams]
Accrington entertain Rawtenstall on Sunday. The visitors had a great start taking maximum points from their first two games to go top of the table but defeat at Church last Sunday saw Joe McCluskie's men slip down to joint fourth place. Rawtenstall make three changes bringing in Ben Excell, Daniel Southworth and Dylan Walsh in place of Chris Cook-Martin, Rizwan Shafiq and Danny Barlow. Edenfield's Paul Gallagher stands in as professional. Accrington name an unchanged team. Looking back at Accrington v Rawtenstall in 1986. [This Weeks Teams]
Monday's 3rd XI game against Todmorden has been postponed.
Thursday April 21st
This weekend sees the first double header of the 2016 season. On Saturday Lowerhouse are the visitors to Thorneyholme Road. Charlie Cottam's men began the season in impressive style with a big win over East Lancs last Sunday. The visitors name an unchanged team. David Ormerod and Bryn Hargreaves replace Jon Hayhurst and Ali Hasham in the Accrington team. Looking back at Accrington v Lowerhouse in 1986. [This Weeks Teams]
On Sunday Accrington travel to Haslingden for their first away match of the season. Alex Coleman's side didn't play last Sunday due to the weather. Haslingden make three changes from that side, bringing in Lee Ingham, wicketkeeper Alex Marcroft and
Jo Sipocz in place of Lawrence Adlum, James English and Sean Hunsley. Jon Hayhurst comes in for Accrington in place of Bryn Hargreaves. Looking back at Haslingden v Accrington in 1986 [This Weeks Teams]
Saturday April 16th
Accrington's friendly with Lostock was abandoned due to rain, sleet and snow in no particular order. Accrington declared on 214-6 after snow forced the players from the field for a second time. Skipper Graeme Sneddon made 47, Keiren Grimshaw 40, Jacob Clarke 36 and professional Ockert Erasmus 34. Lostock replied with 136-8 from 25 overs when the match was abandoned. Simon Hanson took 2-6, Erasmus 2-0 and Raheem Kasser 2-28.
Thursday April 14th
Accrington begin the 2016 season by welcoming Colne to Thorneyholme Road on Sunday. Ockert Erasmus begins his third season as professional at Accrington on the back of some impressive performances with both bat and ball last season. Graeme Sneddon again leads the side having assumed the captaincy mid way through last season. Simon Hanson has returned from Lostock and plays on Sunday. Matt Wilson has retired so Alfie Taylor takes the wicketkeeping gloves. The only absentee on Sunday is David Ormerod who is unavailable. The visitors have a new professional in South African Yaseen Vallie who is due to arrive in this country on Friday. Matt Walker again leads the side with the assistance of new joint vice captains Sam Tillotson and Andy Hakin. New signings Matt Nutter (Barnoldswick) and Uzair Khalid (Nelson) play but Chris Walton (Earby) is unavailable. On Saturday Accrington entertain Lostock in a pre season friendly. Looking back at Accrington v Colne in 1986
Wednesday April 6th
Saturday's friendly at Flixton has also been cancelled.
Tuesday April 5th
Sunday's friendly at Bradshaw is off.
Wednesday March 23rd
Ian Birtwistle's funeral will be held on Monday 4th April 1:15 at St Bartholomew's in Gt Harwood then 2:20 at Accrington Crematorium.
Sunday March 20th
The club is saddened to announce the sudden death of club stalwart Ian Birtwistle on Saturday 19th March. All our thoughts are with his family. [More]
Wednesday February 17th
Former Accrington professional Ryan Campbell is a surprise inclusion in the Hong Kong squad for next month's T20 World Cup at the age of 44.
Wednesday February 10th
The Hyndburn Midweek League will restart in May. [More]
Monday February 8th
Rising star Alfie Taylor has finished as joint top of the Lancashire League 2nd XI Averages with a splendid average of 49.6. [Averages].
Friday February 5th
Sam Excell is to return to Rawtenstall for the forthcoming season.
Sunday January 24th
The cyclists on a fund raising mission for Ramsbottom arrived at the club at around 10.30am during their tour of all the Lancashire League grounds. [More]
Wednesday January 20th
The two cyclists on a fund raising mission for Ramsbottom are due to arrive at the club at 10.20am on Sunday morning during their tour of all the Lancashire League grounds. [More]
Friday January 8th
An open meeting will be held in the club on Tuesday 12th January from 7pm to consult with players and members regarding the following proposals put forward to club representatives who are meeting with the league on Wednesday 13th January. [More]
Friday January 1st
Accrington have three pre-season friendlies arranged. On Saturday April 9th the club will travel to Flixton and the following day the destination will be Bradshaw. Accrington will entertain Lostock on Saturday April 16th.