Accrington Cricket Club

Accrington 167, East Lancs 185-7
10th September 1989

Accrington 1st XI 1989
Accrington 1st XI 1989

Accrington's five match winning run ended in the final game of the season when East Lancs left Thorneyholme Road with an 18 run win. East Lancs openers David Pearson and Stuart Clemson put on 86 before Clemson was caught by Accrington professional Robert Haynes off Ian Birtwistle for 44. Nick Westhead (13) was bowled by Haynes at 109 and Pearson became Birtwistle's second victim at 117 when the veteran picked up a superb return catch. Pearson hit three boundaries in making a top score of 56, breaking the club batting record in the process. Professional Paul Reiffel was bowled by Birtwistle for 6 but skipper Andy Compton and Phil Mooney put on 47 for the 5th wicket with Mooney hitting four fours and a six in making 36 before being stumped by Billy Rawstron who broke Terry Neville's 19 year -old club wicketkeeping record for most victims in a season. Rawstron picked up victim number 43 when he caught Darryl Redhead off Birtwistle five runs later. Birtwistle claimed his fifth wicket when he dismissed Andy Clague off the last ball of the innings to finish with 5-47. Compton finished unbeaten on 22 in his team's innings of 185-7. Reiffel then took 8-57 to dismiss Accrington for 167. He removed openers Nick Marsh (1) at 8 and stand-in skipper Andy Barker (4) at 24. Rawstron and Haynes replied with a 3rd wicket stand of 101 but Reiffel struck again in his second spell to dismiss Haynes for 68. The home professional hit eleven fours and a six. Trevor Hatch (6) fell to Reiffel at 139. Paul Greenwood had Rawstron caught by Clague on the boundary for 53, including four fours with the score on 155. Reiffel then removed Paul Barratt (10) and David Parsons (0) at 157 with the last two balls of his 19th over, and Mark Demaine (3) at 162 with the first ball of his 20th over to complete a sensational hat-trick. Greenwood had Martin Whittle (4) caught by Mooney at 166 and Reiffel cleaned up Neil Holmes (3) at 167 to secure victory for East Lancs who finished the season in third place, one place below Accrington who picked up the Holland Cup as Lancashire League runners up to Haslingden. Scorecard

If you have any memories of 1989 please email Nigel Stockley