Accrington Cricket Club

Accrington 160, Church 159
24th June 1984

Accrington 1st XI 1984
Accrington CC 1984
©Lancashire Telegraph

Fifth placed Accrington completed the double over Church with a thrilling 1 run win at Thorneyholme Road. The main stand of Accrington’s innings was a 62 run partnership for the 5th wicket by professional David Lloyd and Trevor Hatch after David Horne (4-49) and professional Brendon McArdle (4-45) had picked up a couple of wickets each to have the home side 47-4. Lloyd made 46 before offering Horne a return catch and Hatch made 38 before becoming Jack Houldsworth’s sole wicket of the afternoon. Malcolm Taylor (17) and Andy Gardener (10) chipped in with late runs to take the home side to 160 all out. Mark Aspin sent back skipper Steve Metcalf (24) at 29 but McArdle added 41 with Billy Wilkinson (21) before the opener was caught and bowled by Lloyd. Ian Osborne followed four balls later with Neil Barnes taking a catch off Lloyd and 1 run later Hatch had Gerard Metcalf caught behind by Billy Rawstron also without scoring. Martin Heyes (14) added 38 with McArdle before being run out in the 25th over. Fred Bentley (1) was trapped lbw by skipper Alan Worsick 10 runs later as was Tommy George (3) but not until a vital 20 runs had been added to take the score to 139. Nick Westwell (4) added 12 with McArdle but with 13 needed off the last two overs he became the first of three run outs in a what had now become a frantic run chase with Worsick and Lloyd giving nothing away. Worsick’s second four over spell had yielded just 13 runs but it was to be Lloyd who bowled the final over of the match with his opposite number McArdle still at the crease. With nine needed to win, the Australian hit two off the first ball but Horne was run out going for a second run off the second ball. After a couple of dot balls, McArdle hit a single to bring last man Houldsworth on strike. A leg bye brought  McArdle back on strike with four now needed from two balls. Lloyd contained his opposite number on the penultimate ball and Houldsworth was run out off the final ball going for a third run after McArdle had played the ball down to third man, to tie the match. McArdle finished unbeaten on 85 from 103 balls. Trevor Hatch was named Accrington’s Man of the match by Match Sponsors The Little Clock Shoppe. Scorecard

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