Accrington Cricket Club

Todmorden 144, Accrington 195-9
4 Sports Worsley Cup Semi Final
25th June 1989

Accrington 1st XI 1989
Accrington 1st XI 1989

Paul Barratt was Accrington's hero in a dramatic match at Todmorden. The home side fielded paceman Ian Bishop as sub professional after terminating the contract of Ravi Ratnayeke. The West Indian bowled a hostile 24 over spell, picking up 4-74 but a fighting innings of 55 by Barratt, who notched his maiden senior half century after his side were struggling at 77-4, turned the match Accrington's way. Openers Nick Marsh (14) and Andy Barker (40) put on 63 but Tom Farry removed them both. Professional Robert Haynes got off the mark with a six out of the ground off Bishop's first ball to him, but four balls later he was on his way back top edging a return catch to his fellow countryman. Billy Rawstron was also unfortunate with a top edge that left him with a cut mouth and a broken castle as he fell back onto his wickets to become Bishop's second victim. Barratt and Trevor Hatch (27) then began a courageous fightback, adding 54 for the 5th wicket. Skipper David Lloyd (7) and Neil Barnes (0) both fell to Ibra Ali, but a hard hit 23 off just 15 balls by Mark Demaine took Accrington up to a respectable 195-9. Openers Ian Smith (20) and Albert Ross (24) put on 50, but spin twins Haynes and Lloyd (3-59) broke the stand as the home side struggled to 126-9. Late hitting by Ali took the score to 144 but Rawstron held a catch to give Haynes (6-64) his sixth wicket and Accrington a 51 run win. Scorecard

If you have any memories of 1989 please email Nigel Stockley