Accrington Cricket Club

Accrington 91, Rishton 92-7
14th July 1984

Accrington 1st XI 1984
Accrington CC 1984
©Lancashire Telegraph

Rishton completed the double over Accrington with a 3 wicket win over their local rivals in a low scoring game at Thorneyholme Road.  Just seven days after dishing out a 10 wicket hammering on their own patch, Rishton put the home side in to bat after winning the toss. Bob Hutchinson sent back Andy Stevenson (9) at 22, but Billy Rawstron and Mark Aspin put on 36 before Aspin fell to Rishton professional Peter Rawson. Rawstron was next to go for 41 made from 64 balls, caught by David Ainscough off Rawson. Neil Jones lasted just 2 balls before being caught by David Wells off Rawson and 7 runs later professional David Lloyd gave Frank Martindale his second catch again off Rawson for 9 and half the side were out for 76 in the 20th over. Things didn’t get any better for Accrington with Rawson adding Malcolm Taylor (3) at 83, Andy Gardener (8) at 89, skipper Alan Worsick (0) at 89 and finally Ian Birtwistle (2) at 91 on his way to figures of 8-38 which were the season’s best to date. His outstanding effort included a spell of 8-8 in 63 balls. Martindale picked up four catches with Paul Barratt being run out and Neil Barnes not out in the Accrington innings.  Last week’s thorn in the side Brian Ratcliffe only lasted 2 balls this time before Worsick had him caught by Taylor without scoring. David Wilson made 19 before being caught by Lloyd off Aspin at 5 and 3 runs later David Ainscough fell to Worsick without scoring. David Wells top scored with a 54 ball 37 before falling to Lloyd at 66. Worsick (4-44) then removed Rawson and Barrie Hill in successive balls to have Rishton 67-6 and when John Ainscough’s stubborn 46 ball knock of 11 ended, the visitors were up against it on 71-7.  Needing 21 for victory, Colin Kuhn (9 not out) and 19 year-old Phil Sykes (10 not out) in his second senior game, saw Rishton to victory with 9 overs in hand. Scorecard

Phil Sykes:  “I What I remember most about that game was that Accrington were going well and got to 50 for 1 with few problems and Rawson, the Rishton pro, had no wickets in his opening spell. However, the captain took Rawson off to simply switch his ends and when Rawson came on at the other end (where Worsick always bowled from) he took 8 wickets as Accrington collapsed. I seem to remember our captain telling Rawson at the tea interval that it was the last time the pro' would choose the end to bowl from and in future he would be told where to bowl! In reply we were always struggling and Worsick was a real handful bowling his big inswingers just short of a length. We scraped home with 7 wickets down. I remember wondering where my next run would come from with Worsick more likely to hit me on my thigh and ribs than me put bat to ball, then David Lloyd, clearly seeing the trouble I was in, generously bowled me a couple outside leg which I swept for 4.”

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