Accrington Cricket Club

Haslingden 152-9 dec, Accrington 153-7
27th June 1970

Ingham is bowled
Alan Worsick bowls John Ingham

Accrington completed the double over Haslingden following up last Saturday's win with a 3 wicket victory at Bentgate to return to the top of the table. Professional Bruce Francis hit an unbeaten 95 to lead the victory charge after Alan Worsick had taken another 4 wickets and Terry Neville had claimed four victims behind the stumps. Solid middle order knocks by Jack Hayton (52) and skipper John Ingham (39) enabled Haslingden to declare on 152-9 but thanks to Francis, Accrington made light of the target to win in 25.7 overs with six minutes to spare. The Haslingden innings was interrupted four times but the game was played to a conclusion, the only one to do so. Hampered by a wet ball Worsick struggled early on. It was skipper Eddie Robinson who took the first wicket that of John Winter who was brilliantly caught behind by Neville for 12. The wicketkeeper was in the game again 2 runs later when he took a fine low catch down to his right off opener Kevin Tuohey (1) to give Worsick his first wicket. After another rain break Neville picked up his third victim when professional Winston English edged Robinson behind. Tony Holden and Hayton took the score to 56 when Holden fell to Ian Birtwistle (2-29) for 11. Hayton completed a fine half century before being stumped by Neville off Birtwistle for 52 with 85 on the board. Ingham opened up before losing his middle stump to Worsick. John Snowden made 12 before losing his leg stump to Worsick's slower ball and wicketkeeper Maurice Lawson (6) went one better losing both middle and off stumps to the medium pacer. Rupert Jackman made 10 before falling to Robinson (3-40). Francis was soon on the offensive driving and pulling the opening attack of English and Bryan Knowles. Geoff Hayhurst made 14 before being bowled by English. Bob Ratcliffe was promoted to number three in the absence of the injured Russ Cuddihy. The young all rounder made 24 in good style before Jackman held the catch off Ingham. Snowden then picked up Brian Rutter (1), Alan Richardson (1), Robinson (0) and Malcolm Taylor with Lawson claiming two smart stumpings. Ingham also sent back Lindon Dewhurst (1) but Francis remained in complete control taking 98 balls to make his unbeaten 95, passing 500 runs for the season, with Neville (7 not out) making the winning hit to put Accrington back on top of the pile. Scorecard

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