Accrington Cricket Club

Accrington 187-5, Church 171-6
28th August 1988

Accrington 1988
Accrington 1st XI 1988
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Accrington went down to a run rate defeat in the local derby to Church inspite of a fine unbeaten century by professional Rod Tucker. The Australian came to the crease in the 6th over following Neil Barnes' (3) dismissal to David Ainsworth with 8 on the board. Tucker dominated a 2nd wicket stand of 73 with Nick Marsh who was caught by Tommy George off professional Carl Hooper for 26. Billy Rawstron helped Tucker add 33 for the 3rd wicket before being run out for 12 and Andy Barker made 3 out of a 16 run stand of 16. Skipper David Lloyd made 5 in his first innings since returning from injury before being bowled by Hooper (2-47) at 139. Trevor Hatch hit an unbeaten 15 in adding an unbroken 48 for the 6th wicket with Tucker who finished unbeaten on 102 from 115 balls, including seven fours and a six in the home sides 187-5. Tucker's innings was his third unbeaten ton of the season and took the Australian to 903 league runs for the season with four matches left to play. A 32 minute hold up soon after Church began their innings meant that the visitors would need 155 from 38 overs for victory. Gerard Metcalf was run out for 1. Professional Hooper held a watching brief with Roger Watson in great touch at the other end. Hooper fell at 44 for 7 but Watson and Ken Fergusson took Church passed 50 at a run a ball. The 100 came up off 148 balls and when Fergusson fell to Tucker for 43, Church were 137-3 in the 32nd over. Steve Metcalf fell to Lloyd for 6 and Ian Osborne was caught by Barnes off Ian Birtwistle for 2. George (13 not out) hit his first ball for four and his second ball for six but Watson's fine innings ended on 90 when he was stumped by Rawstron off Birtwistle after hitting five fours and three sixes from 109 balls. Although Church reached their target after 35 overs, the remaining 3 overs still had to be bowled meaning that Accrington could still win the match. The innings ended on 171-6 with Church well ahead on run rate to complete the double over their derby rivals. Accrington stayed in eighth place in the table. Scorecard

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