Accrington Cricket Club

Nelson 133, Accrington 56
15th August 1970

Accrington 1970
Accrington 1st XI 1970

Accrington's championship hopes took a blow when the team was beaten by 77 runs by Nelson at Seedhill. Without the league's leading wicket taker Alan Worsick who was on holiday and Bob Ratcliffe, who was touring with the Lancashire Federation, Accrington were bowled out for 56 in reply to Nelson's 133 all out. Home professional Neil Hawke proved to be the match winner, following up a half century with 5-23. Pat Calderbank also took 4-15 for the defending champions. Geoff Woodcock, playing his first match of the season, dismissed opener Ian Greenwood for 9. Skipper Eddie Robinson sent back Tim Webb (6), Derek Grandfield (0) and Frank Taylor (18) to have the home side struggling on 43-4. Hawke and Roy Pickles then added 62 for the 5th wicket. Tony Farrell (3-25) removed Pickles (18), Bill Oddie (9) and Steve Earnshaw (1) with Alan Richardson ending Hawke's innings on 55. Robinson then sent back Calderbank and David Evans without scoring to finish with 5-34. Wicketkeeper Alan Haigh finished unbeaten on 11. Evans picked up the vital wicket of Accrington professional Bruce Francis for 9 at 14. One run later Hawke had Lindon Dewhurst caught behind by Haigh for a duck. Geoff Hayhurst fell to Hawke for 15 at 28. After losing Russ Cuddihy for 17 and Brian Rutter (9) at 51 the last six wickets tumbled for the addition of just 5 runs. Calderbank sent back Cuddihy, Rutter and Alan Richardson (2) and the Hawke removed Robinson (1) and Farrell (0) with 3 wickets falling at 53. Woodcock (0) fell to Calderbank with Hawke clean bowling Terry Neville (0) to deal Accrington's double hopes a severe blow. Scorecard

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