Accrington Cricket Club

Accrington 156-6, Church 111
28th June 1987

Accrington's 45 run win in the big local derby over Church at Thorneyholme Road was the club's fourth win of the season all at home. A new opening partnership set the tone in Accrington's innings with Neil Barnes celebrating his promotion with a maiden senior half century to earn a collection of £38.82. Barnes hit five boundaries in making 58 from 105 balls before falling to Church professional Wayne Andrews. Nick Marsh had earlier fallen to Nick Westwell after making 36 of an opening stand of 71. After Barnes had been dismissed at 116, three run outs saw Accrington slip from 121-2 to 129-5. Billy Rawstron (21) was the first victim going for a fourth run followed by professional Bharathi Arun (8) and Andy Gardener (2). Graham Beech was the last man to be dismissed by Andrews for 6 as Paul Barratt (18 not out) and Mark Demaine (3 not out) put on a late 20 in Accrington's 156-6. Arun then took a league best 7-31 from 14.5 overs to bowl Church out for 111. Martin Whittle also took a senior best 3-21 after sharing the new ball with his professional. Gerard Metcalf had made 8 in an opening stand of 21 with Paul Scholes before Arun struck for the first time. Whittle had Scholes caught by Tony Gallagher for 9 and then in his next over the left arm medium pacer claimed the prize wicket of Andrews who was well caught by a diving Mark Demaine without scoring. Arun trapped Roger Watson (5) in front at 28 with Whittle cleaning up skipper Steve Metcalf for 5 at 32. Arun then ran through the rest of the visiting batsmen adding Ken Fergusson (5), Westwell (7), Tommy George, Paul Swarbrick (11) and Jack Houldsworth (2) to his tally. George fell just short of his half century, having hit three sixes and two fours from 82 balls in making 46, adding 46 for the 8th wicket with Swarbrick. Scorecard

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