Accrington Cricket Club

Bacup 102-9, Accrington 101
11th June 1989

Accrington 1st XI 1989
Accrington 1st XI 1989

League leaders Accrington's five match winning run was ended with a 1 wicket defeat at mid table Bacup off the final ball of the match in a low scoring thriller. Professional Roger Harper (5-28) and Peter Usher (5-54) shared the wickets to dismiss Accrington for 101. Accrington professional Robert Haynes (4-53) and Ian Birtwistle (4-35) took 4 wickets apiece but the home side edged home by the narrowest margin. Accrington openers Nick Marsh and Andy Barker put on 27 before Marsh was bowled by Usher for 16. Haynes (4) also fell to Usher at 40 and two runs later Harper took his first wicket by having Billy Rawstron caught by David Usher without scoring. Harper had Paul Barratt (2) caught by David Thompson at 46 and skipper David Lloyd was bowled by Usher for 3 at 56. Trevor Hatch fell to Harper at 60 without scoring and Mark Demaine was bowled by Usher for 3 at 71 Barker made a fine half century to hold the innings together but after making 51 from 109 balls, the opener was caught behind by Peter Nicholson off Harper with the score on 98. Neil Holmes survived his first ball but fell to Harper the following ball. Usher finished off the innings by having Neil Barnes caught by Harper for 7 leaving Ian Birtwistle unbeaten on 1. Bacup opener skipper Peter Thompson and David Usher put on 35 before Usher was bowled by Birtwistle for 21. Harper was caught by Lloyd off Haynes three runs later for a single and when Birtwistle held a return catch off the Bacup skipper (12) the home side were 46-3. Mark Taylor and Terry Lord took the score to 70 before Lord was run out for 19. Taylor followed one run later caught by Lloyd off Haynes for 10. Alarm bells began to ring when Peter Cook (4) was trapped in front by Haynes at 75, Peter Usher fell to the Lloyd-Haynes combination at 80 and Nicholson (7) was bowled by Birtwistle at 88. Nick Cronshaw (13 not out) and David Thompson put on 12 to take Bacup to within 2 runs of victory but Rawstron whipped off Thompson's bails to bring in last man Michael Cronshaw with 3 balls to go. Cronshaw survived the first ball and managed a single off the next to bring the scores level and put brother Nick on strike for Birtwistle's final ball. The pair scrambled a match winning single to end Accrington's fine run. The defeat meant that Accrington were joined on 37 points at the top of the table by East Lancs. Scorecard

If you have any memories of 1989 please email Nigel Stockley