Accrington Cricket Club

Nelson 42, Accrington 44-2
2nd July 1988

Accrington 1988
Accrington 1st XI 1988
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By complete contrast to the match at Thorneyholme Road seven days previously, Accrington turned the tables on Nelson to inflict an 8 wicket defeat on the home side after bowling them out for a season's low of 42 in the only match of the day to achieve a result. Accrington professional Rod Tucker took 6-9 from 11 overs, bowling 6 maidens, and Vernon Woods took 4-27 from 10.5 overs, the two men bowling unchanged. It was Tucker who struck first to remove home skipper Chris Hartley before a run had been scored. Woods sent back the other opener Michael Bradley before he had scored with the total on 6 and he then picked up Paul Garaghty for 10 at 28. Two runs later professional Anton Ferreira was cleaned up by his opposite number Tucker for a top score of 13 Two balls later Jason Warwick fell in the same fashion without scoring to leave Nelson on 30-5. One run later Marcus Phelan was caught by Neil Barnes off Tucker for 1. At 38, Howard Lonsdale was caught by Paul Barratt off Tucker and 1 run later Mark Caton was trapped in front by left armer Woods for 1. Alex Howarth fell to Tucker without scoring at 40 and Woods polished off the innings at 42 by clean bowling Shaun McPartland without scoring. Ken Bythell was unbeaten on 2. McPartland dismissed Accrington opener Barnes for 7 with 10 on the board, but following a 10 minute delay the players were forced off the field for a further 74 minute stoppage that looked to have stopped Accrington's victory hopes. The players finally returned at 17.50 and after Howarth removed Nick Marsh for 18 with just 3 needed for victory, Accrington got home 22 minutes later. Tucker finished unbeaten on 19, hitting the match winning boundary off McPartland in the 16th over. Accrington's victory, following defeats in both the league and cup to Nelson, took the club four places back up the league table to fifth. Scorecard

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