Accrington Cricket Club

Accrington 138-6, East Lancs 110
16th June 1991

Accrington 1991
Accrington 1st XI 1991
Accrington won their first league match of the season at the expense of reigning Lancashire League champions East Lancs thanks to inspired bowling by professional Shane Warne and Steve Juliff.

Defending a modest total of 138-6, Accrington dismissed the champions for 110 with Warne taking 4-44 in 15.5 overs and Juliff taking 3-27 in 14. The home sides success starved spectators cheered their side off the field as if they had won the championship.

Accrington opener Nick Marsh top scored with 59, putting on 55 with opening partner and skipper Andy Barker, who made 18 before edging Phil Mooney to wicketkeeper David Pearson. Shane Warne made just 6 before lofting Mooney to the hands of John Seedle at mid wicket with the score on 71. Billy Rawstron followed with a first ball duck, caught by professional Paul Reiffel at mid off to give Ian Haworth his first wicket. Marsh was out after batting just 12 minutes short of 3 hours but Paul Barratt (30) and Martin Whittle (10 not out) put on a quick 22 at the end of the innings to take Accrington to 138-6.

Accrington had a great start in the field with Neil Holmes dismissing Pearson, who edged his second ball to Warne at slip. Mark Lomas and Nick Westhead were both run out for 13 and Reiffel became Warne's first victim when he nicked one to Rawstron behind the wicket for 20. Mooney holed out to Holmes at long off to become Warne's second victim and half the side were out for 52. the visitors fell well behind the required rate as Warne and Juliff turned the screw.

The left armer at last picked up a deserved wicket when Andy Clague chipped him to Barker at mid on for 13. Stuart Clemson soon became victim number two and then Seedle skied Warne to the safe hands of Holmes at long off. Nigel Robbins briefly joined his skipper Andy Compton at the crease before being caught by Whittle at long on for 10 and last man Haworth was stumped by Rawstron off Warne to leave Compton high and dry on 23 as his side were bowled out for 110 to give Accrington a long overdue first win of the season. Scorecard