Accrington Cricket Club

Church 163-6, Accrington 166-3
26th August 1978

Accrington 1978
Accrington CC 1978
©Garth Dawson

Accrington celebrated their second double of the season after beating local rivals Church by 7 wickets in a high scoring match at West End.

Graham Beech hit an unbeaten 67 as Accrington chased down Church's 163-3 to secure victory with 6 balls of Jack Houldsworth's 15th and final over remaining.

Home professional Richard Austin top scored with 79, including nine fours to earn a collection of £11.77. He added 55 with Gerard Metcalf (24) for the 1st wicket and 66 with skipper Steve Metcalf (32 not out) for the 2nd wicket.

Austin fell to his opposite number Alan Worsick who claimed his 50th wicket of the season. Tommy George hit an unbeaten 22 at the end of the innings as the Accrington bowlers suffered.

John Swanney made 32 in an opening stand of 64 with Beech who then put on 42 for the 2nd wicket with Alan Richardson (29). Former skipper Peter West hit an unbeaten 21 as he and Beech saw Accrington home with an unbroken 4th wicket stand of 52. Beech's first half century of the season earned him a collection of £16.30. Gate receipts were £63.15. Scorecard