Accrington Cricket Club

East Lancs 213-6, Accrington 213-9
16th September 1990

Accrington 1990
Accrington 1st XI 1990

The 1990 season ended with Accrington playing out a tie with champions East Lancs at Alexandra Meadows on a warm September afternoon. Going in to the match East Lancs wicketkeeper David Pearson needed one victim to eclipse the long standing record of Dougie Payne for most victims in a season (53). Accrington won the toss and put the champions in to bat. Pearson dominated an opening stand of 46 with Mark Lomas, showcasing the full array of his strokes with straight drives, off drives, cuts and pulls before edging Martin Whittle low down to wicketkeeper Billy Rawstron. Joined by new batsman Andy Clague, Lomas opened up with a six over long on and a cover driven boundary off Accrington professional Robert Haynes. During the match a collection was held for former East Lancs professional Neil Hawke who was seriously ill in hospital. Drinks were taken after 26 overs with the home side on 9601. Ian Birtwistle replaced Whittle in the attack the first over after drinks. Lomas brought up the century in the next over by pulling Haynes to the boundary. Clague and Lomas added 64 for the 2nd wicket when the left handed Clague was run out going for a second run to the third man boundary. One run later Lomas chipped Birtwistle to Steve Juliff after having made 41. Nick Westhead and Stuart Clemson took the score to 140 when Westhead holed out to Whittle at long on for 16. Clemson was next to go after hitting 32, bowled by Birtwistle at 166. Professional Paul Reiffel was then caught behind by Rawstron off Birtwistle (4-51) for 14 with the score on 175. Phil Mooney (5 not out) and Jean van Boeckel (32 not out) put on an unbroken 38 for the 7th wicket as East Lancs closed on 213-6. Accrington lost opener Nick Marsh (10) to Mooney at 16. Neil Barnes (8) helped skipper Andy Barker take the score to 36 when he too fell to the medium pace of Mooney. Barker and Rawstron then put on 106 for the 3rd wicket. At 142-2 Accrington were well placed as they were in the game at Thorneyholme Road earlier in the season but as happened in that game the return of Reiffel to the attack changed the course of the match. After hitting eight boundaries from 111 balls, Barker was caught by Clague for 75. Rawstron and Haynes took the score to 175 before Rawstron was caught by van Boeckel for 57, made from 78 balls and containing seven fours. One run later Mark Demaine was caught behind off Haworth without scoring to give Pearson his record breaking 54th victim of the season. Haynes also fell to Haworth for 26 at 190 bringing John Seedle in to join Paul Barratt. This pair put on 20 before Seedle was run out for 2. With just 4 wanted for victory Whittle came to the crease but he was also run out for 2 with the scores level. Barratt was then run out for 22 off the final ball to leave the game tied. After the match East Lancs captain Andy Compton received the Lancashire League trophy. Scorecard

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