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Thursday May 18th
Accrington travel to play former league leaders East Lancs at Alexandra Meadows on Saturday. East Lancs stick with the team that lost to Church last Sunday. Accrington recall Jon Hayhurst in place of Asef Mohammed.
[This weeks teams]

The thirds entertain Great Harwood on Sunday looking to extend their unbeaten run to four matches.

Looking back at 1987
East Lancs v Accrington in 1987
Accrington v East Lancs in 1987.

Wednesday May 10th
Ellie Davey hit her maiden century playing for Lancashire Women's Under 15s against Derbyshire at Newton-le-Willows. Ellie hit seventeen fours in making an unbeaten 105 from just 71 balls in Lancashire's 160 run win.

On Sunday Accrington travel to Clitheroe for the first ever competitive meeting between the clubs. The two sides have met in pre-season friendlies but never before with anything at stake. Clitheroe make one change from the team beaten at home by Darwen last Sunday with veteran bowler Josh Marquet replacing veteran bowler Marcus Sharp. Accrington pick from twelve, adding Jon Hayhurst to the team that ended Burnley's unbeaten five year run in the Worsley Cup last weekend.

The 3rds travel to Acre Bottom on Saturday to play Ramsbottom.

Tuesday May 9th
Accrington have been drawn at Nelson in the 2nd Round of the Worsley Cup. The seconds will host Great Harwood. Ties will be played on Saturday June 17th. Full draws

Thursday May 4th
May begins with the first double header weekend of the season with league action on Saturday and Worsley Cup ties on Sunday. On Saturday Accrington go to Nelson. Accrington's last win at Seedhill was in 2014. Matt Wilson replaces Ross Brown in the Accrington team. Nelson make three changes with veteran Colin Pemberton and Zain Abbas and Jamie Randall who both make their Lancashire League debuts in place of Khurram Nazir, Richard Meade and Wasim Qureshi.

Looking back at 1987
Nelson v Accrington in 1987
Accrington v Nelson in 1987.

On Sunday Accrington face Worsley Cup holders Burnley. Unbeaten in the competition since May 20th 2012, Dan Pickup's men are chasing a record breaking fifth win in the Worsley Cup. The clubs last meeting in the Worsley Cup was in the 2008 semi final when Accrington won at Turf Moor on route to a Final victory at Todmorden. Ross Brown returns for Accrington in place of Matt Wilson.Burnley welcome back Bharat Tripathi after suspension and David Brown in place of Qasim Shah and Chris Burton. [This weeks teams]

Accrington v Burnley in the Worsley Cup

Wednesday April 26th
Accrington travel to Acre Bottom to play champions Ramsbottom on Sunday in an historic match that sees Jasmine Naeem take charge along with Ian Laurence. Accrington, who were the only team to beat Ramsbottom last season, name an unchanged team. Ramsbottom replace Alex Olpin with Martin Cropper. The champions new professional Grant Thomson is not expected to have arrived so Brett Pelser will again stand in as sub pro.

The thirds will entertain Rishton on Bank Holiday Monday looking for a second successive win of the season.
Looking back at 1987
Ramsbottom v Accrington in 1987.
Accrington v Ramsbottom in 1987.

Wednesday April 19th
Accrington take on Rishton in a mouthwatering local derby to set the historic 2017 season underway at Thorneyholme Road on Sunday. The visitors ended a run of 16 straight defeats last season and will be keen to secure a first win at Accrington since 2007. Accrington name an unchanged team. Former professional Rob Nichol stands in for Rishton. The visitors make seven changes from the team selected for the opening match last week. In come Richie Fox, Andrew Hickey, Jack Hilton, Macauley Taylor, Kelly Mall and Matt Leathert. Out go Matt and Chris Lambert, Brad Boddie, Ali Hasham, Danny Briggs and Matt Nuttall. Scott Greaves will stand in as captain against his former club. [This weeks teams]
Looking back at 1987
Accrington v Rishton in 1987.
Rishton v Accrington in 1987.

The thirds begin their league programme on Saturday with an historic visit from new Lancashire League club Clitheroe who have two sides in the Third XI League. Clitheroe 4th XI play their first ever match in the competition at Thorneyholme Road.

Saturday April 15th
Accrington tied with Bury in a thrilling final pre-season friendly at Thorneyholme Road. Bury made 149 with skipper Simon Hanson taking 2-6, Jacob Clarke 2-17 and Ross Brown 2-24. In reply Accrington lost Alfie Taylor (2), skipper Hanson (1) and new professional Michael Erlank (0) cheaply but Clarke (43) and new signing Asif Mahmood put Accrington back in contention with a 4th wicket stand of 84. Asif went on to make an unbeaten 54 from 65 balls with three fours and four sixes but chasing a revised D/L target of 135 from 30 overs due to rain, Accrington finished on 134-9.

Wednesday April 12th
The historic 125th Anniversary Fosters Lancashire League season opens this Sunday. New Accrington captain Simon Hanson takes his team to Church to play in the earliest ever league meeting between the clubs that first met way back in 1869. Accrington will pick from twelve, including new signings Sam Bancroft (Edgworth), Asif Mahmood (Enfield) and Ross Brown (Rawtenstall). New professional Michael Erlank is due to make his league debut for Accrington. Church also have a new captain in Levi Wolfenden. Professional Zain Abbas is playing in the Pakistan One Day Cup so former paid man Usman Tariq, who warmed up with a match winning century for Ramsbottom in last Sunday's Colne Trophy game at Burnley, stands in. Church also include former Enfield seamer Hassan Fazal who has joined the club after spell at Settle. This season we look back at 1987, a season that began with a scorching hot opening day when Accrington got off to a winning start by beating Todmorden at Thorneyholme Road. [This weeks teams]
Looking back at 1987
Accrington v Todmorden in 1987.
Church v Accrington in 1987.
Accrington v Church in 1987.
On Saturday Accrington entertain former Lancashire League side Bury in a friendly. The clubs first met in 1875 with Accrington piling up a then club record score of 310 at Peel Park the following year.

Tuesday April 11th
George Mills and Thomas Walker have both been included in the Lancashire Junior League Under 14 Squad for this season.

Saturday April 8th
Accrington lost in the annual friendly at Bradshaw by 4 wickets. Keiren Grimshaw hit 81, Ramiz Hussain 21, Graeme Sneddon 18 not out and Ross Brown 14 in Accrington's 166-9. Grimshaw then took 4-42, Jimmy Hayhurst 1-22 and Brown 1-44.

Thursday April 6th
Accrington's team at Bradshaw on Saturday is:
Simon Hanson (Captain), Matt Wilson, Keiren Grimshaw, Jacob Clarke, Ramiz Hussain, Ross Brown, Graeme Sneddon, Toc Hussain, Ben Ross (wk), Jimmy Hayhurst, Andrew Greenwood. Meet Accrington 11am.

Wednesday April 5th
The seconds team to play at Radcliffe on Sunday has been announced.
Len Dewhurst (Captain), Andrew Greenwood, Ian Johnson, Rick Williams, Aqeel Shah, Alice Clarke (Wk), Matt Jones , Riley Armstrong, Ben Makin, Ben Brierley, Tom Cunliffe, 12th Man: Bailey Chamberlain  Meet at Accrington at 11.30 am

Tuesday April 4th
New Accrington professional Michael Erlank is due to arrive on Wednesday April 12th. Following the friendly at home against Bury on Saturday April 15th there will be a Meet The Pro' Night doubling up as Race Night. [More]

Saturday March 11th
Mother of all comebacks week continues with the news that Len Dewhurst will come out of retirement to captain Accrington 2nds this season. Ben Brierley also returns to the club from Baxenden and the transfer of wicketkeeper/batsman Sam Bancroft from Edgworth has also been approved. Meanwhile Waqas Ahmed has left the club and joined Church.

Sunday February 26th
The Under 15s won the Hyndburn Indoor Competition at Norden Sports Hall. [More]

Tuesday February 21st
The Under 15s are in semi final action on Sunday. [More]

Monday February 20th
David Lloyd stood down as Club President at last weeks AGM. The club is now seeking to elect a new President. [More]

Friday February 3rd
An early outing at Thorneyholme Road for 14 year-old Jimmy Anderson has been unearthed whilst inputting the 3rd XI's 1997 scorecards. Jimmy took the wicket of Richard Swanney in conceding 30 runs from 10 overs. He later made 13 before being trapped lbw by Matthew Pilkington in Accrington's 67 run win. Alistair Cunliffe starred with an unbeaten 96 in Accrington's innings.

Wednesday January 31st
The club is holding a Fitting Night in the clubhouse on Friday 24th February starting at 7pm. [More]

Friday January 27th
Accrington have completed the signing of former Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall off spinner Ross Brown. The transfer was approved at this week's Lancashire League Meeting.


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