Accrington Cricket Club

Rishton 145, Accrington 274
Worsley Cup Round 2
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th June 1961


Accrington 1961
Accrington 1961 Champions
©Garth Dawson

A superb all round performance by Wes Hall put Accrington in the semi finals after piling up a huge score against Rishton at Blackburn Road. Jim Smith hit 13 boundaries in making 67, with professional Murray Vernon hitting 39 in a good 2nd wicket stand in Rishton's 130-4 at the suspension. Accrington replied by making 27-0 at the end of the first evenings play. Wes Hall was unbeaten on 50 when Accrington reached the suspension figure but Rishton skipper Jack Chew asked the visitors to bat on in what would prove to be a momentous decision in fading light. Hall ended the evening with 87 to his name as his side closed on 189-5 with sound supporting knocks from Derek Mark (22), Frank Rushton (20), Derek Rushton (16) and Lindon Dewhurst (15). On Wednesday evening Russ Cuddihy soon fell for 18 and then Hall holed out off Jim Nuttall for an agonising 96 in what would be his best score for the club. A 9th wicket stand of 55 between Brian Rutter (39) and Jim Eland (18) took Accrington to 274 all out by the close. Needing 145 for victory, Rishton had no answer to an inspired Wes Hall, who took 4 wickets in an over without conceding a run, including a hat-trick as 134-4 became 134-8. Eddie Robinson chipped in with 3-42 and Hall finished with 6-30 as Rishton were bowled out for 145. Scorecard