Accrington Cricket Club

East Lancs 199-7, Accrington 198-5
1st July 1984

Accrington 1st XI 1984
Accrington CC 1984
©Lancashire Telegraph

Accrington lost a high scoring encounter at East Lancs by3 wickets after piling up 198-5. Opener Andy Stevenson hit a career best 87, passing 50 for the first time in his senior career.  Openers Stevenson and Billy Rawstron put on 131 before being parted with 10 overs to go. Rawstron hit 50 from 103 balls before falling to John Wharton. Roland Horridge removed professional David Lloyd (10) and Neil Jones (1) with East Lancs professional Cyril Mitchley sending back Mark Aspin without scoring as 154-1 became 160-5 when Stevenson’s fine innings was ended by Horridge 13 runs short of a century in the 30th over.  The opener faced 116 balls hitting seven fours and four sixes to earn a collection of £33.30 for his efforts. Malcolm Taylor and Andy Gardener both made an unbeaten 18 in a late stand of 38 for the visitors.  East Lancs made an uncertain start in their reply slipping from 22 without loss to 38-4. Alan Worsick (4-64) took three of the wickets, including acting skipper Wayne Cooper  who became the Accrington captain’s 900th Lancashire League victim. David Pearson made 15 before being run out.  A 5th wicket stand of 93 between Neil Clemson, who made a career best 64 and Mitchley, who made 57, turned the match the home sides way. Lloyd dismissed his opposite number but Nick Keighley added 54 with Clemson before the latter fell in the penultimate over with 13 needed for victory.  With 7 needed  Worsick dismissed Keighley (19) in the final over but Howard Bowling and Ian Haworth saw the unbeaten league leaders to victory with 3 balls to spare. Accrington’s team included Graham Lloyd on his fifteenth birthday. Scorecard

If you have any memories of The Bumble is Back in 1984 please email Nigel Stockley