Accrington Cricket Club

Accrington v Church
Saturday July 5th 1902

Lancashire League
Saturday July 5th Score Score
Accrington 185-7 Church 28
Accrington (2pts) beat Church (0pts) by 8 wickets

Church won the toss and elected to bat on a firm but damp wicket. The match got underway at four minutes past two. Accrington professional Walter Hall struck in his first over when he trapped Bill Morley leg before without a run on the board. It was the fourth over when Church professional Jack Mee drove Jim Ingram to the boundary to open the scoring for Church. Hall struck again in his third over when he clean bowled Tom Smith for a duck.

Ingram claimed his first victim when he knocked back Haworth's leg stump with the score at 5. Mee scored the first run off Hall, but the Accrington professional replied with the wicket of Edmundson clean bowled for another duck, the fourth one of the innings. Church skipper Walker broke the sequence when he immediately got off the mark and then Mee took the score into double figures with a straight driven four.

Hall then removed Walker for 2 which brought in Tom Flowers. Mee took the first boundary off his opposite number Hall with another straight drive. After adding 12 with Mee, the best stand of the innings, Flowers was caught by Jack Finney off Hall for 3. Then Ingram removed Mee after the Church professional had scored 20 of his sides 26 runs. Ingram clean bowled Duckworth for 1 to pick up his third wicket at 27 and then Hall wrapped up the innings by removing Tom Pendergast and wicketkeeper William Worsley for ducks with the score a miserable 28, six players having failed to score. hall finished with 7-10 from 10.4 overs and Ingram 3-17.

Saul Wade and Billy Ormerod began Accrington's reply at 3.34. The openers took the score to 28 when Ormerod was bowled by Haworth for 15 which included two boundaries. Jack Finney fell in identical fashion at the same score. Harry Heaton joined Wade, who secured victory with a three off Mee. Although some spectators began to drift away, Accrington batted on, as was the custom, to provide entertainment for the derby crowd who had paid a total of £98 to watch the game.

Wade was bowled by Flowers for 21 with the score at 50. Heaton led a charmed life, being missed no fewer than six times as he slammed 13 boundaries and a five in compiling 101 not out, losing skipper Wilson Earnshaw at 65, Mason at 69 and Bill Holden (28) at 162 after a 6th wicket stand of 93. Flannery was last to go at 168 and when play ended at 6pm Accrington had reached 185-7 with C. Bank also unbeaten on 5. Heaton earned a collection of £8 for hitting his third league century for the club. Hall went on to take exactly 100 wickets during the season that saw Accrington finish in second place in the table.