Accrington Cricket Club

Rishton 155, Accrington 193-7
28th June 1986

Accrington 1986
Accrington CC 1986

Accrington notched an eighth successive league win and tenth in all competitions after beating Rishton by 38 runs at Blackburn Road to open up a 5 point lead over Nelson at the top of the table at the halfway point in the season. A decent total looking unlikely after Accrington had slumped to 6-3 with professional Winston Davis picking up Andy Stevenson (4), Robbie Walsh sending back Billy Rawstron (0) and professional Rod Tucker being run out without scoring after slipping in the middle of the wicket. Graham Lloyd and Neil Jones led the fightback, adding 51 before Jones was caught by Phil Sykes off Davis for 19. Lloyd followed after putting on 52 with his father David, Graham hitting 45 from 77 balls. Lloyd senior was next to go for 27 but a brilliant unbeaten 58 by Mark Aspin batting at number eight, helped Accrington make 193-7. Aspin put on 43 with Paul Barratt (13) and an unbroken 39 for the 8th wicket with Andy Gardener (8 not out), hitting seven fours and two sixes from just 40 balls, notching the fastest 50 of the season. Davis passed 50 wickets for the season in taking 5-64 from 23 overs. Alan Worsick then took 4-26, Ian Birtwistle 3-46, Tucker 2-28 and Aspin 1-13 to dismiss Rishton for 155. Tucker sent back opener Keith Topham without scoring but David Wilson and Phil Sykes (31) put on 75 for the 2nd wicket to put Rishton back in the match. Birtwistle struck to dismiss Sykes, David Ainscough and David Wells in quick succession to turn the match Accrington's way following some shrewd bowling changes by stand-in skipper David Lloyd. John Ainscough (16) helped Wilson take the score to 109 and Graham Thomson helped the opener take the score to 153. The return to the attack of Worsick once again turned the match Accrington's way. The former professional removed Thomson (19), Paul Rodden (0), Neil Yates (0) and finally ended the resistance of Wilson for 72 in a 15 ball spell of 4-6 to clinch victory for Accrington. Scorecard

If you have any memories of 1986 please email Nigel Stockley