Accrington Cricket Club

Ramsbottom 158-9, Accrington 98
2nd May 1992

Accrington 1st XI 1992
Accrington 1st XI 1992

Accrington fell to a second defeat of the season losing by 60 runs to Ramsbottom at Acre Bottom. Twenty-two year-old Damian Clarke took a career best 4-38 but Ramsbottom all rounder Nick Riley took a match winning career best 6-24 to bowl Accrington out for 98. Home opener Ian Bell was caught and bowled by Steve Juliff for 8 with the score at 15. Brian Taylor and professional Keith Arthurton put on 46 before the amateur was bowled by Accrington professional Dipak Patel for 27. Skipper Jack Simpson was run out for 21 after adding 48 with his professional. Steve Dearden (10) fell to Patel (3-45) at 122 and one run later Arthurton became Clarke's first victim when he was caught by Juliff for 57, including six fours. Four runs later Clarke trapped Riley (3) in front. Mick Wilson stumped Jon Fielding for 18 off Patel with the score on 150 and Clarke picked up Steve Hall (12) and Steve Ratcliffe (0) off the last two balls of the innings. Accrington began solidly with openers Neil Barnes and skipper Nick Marsh putting on 31. It was Riley who broke the stand having Marsh stumped by Simpson for 12 off his first ball when he joined the attack in the 13th over. Bob Collins (2) fell to the first ball of Riley's next over with just three runs added. Third over first ball and another wicket to Riley as Barnes holed out to Michael Haslam for 15. Accrington's only other stand of note was between Patel (22) and Paul Barratt (24) who added 28 for the 4th wicket. The fall of Patel at 63 was a major blow when his opposite number Arthurton claimed his only victim of the innings. Without addition Riley removed Martin Whittle without scoring with the first ball of his seventh over. The medium pacer rounded off his spell by dismissing both Paul Seedle and Mark Greenhalgh without scoring to reduce the visitors to 75-7. Dearden sent back Wilson (4) and finished the match by knocking over Clarke without scoring with Fielding ending Barratt's 63 minute resistance in between leaving Juliff unbeaten on 7. Scorecard

Damian Clarke recalls the game: "I remember this game quite clearly as it was Keith Arthurton’s first game for Ramsbottom, a player I had watched many times on TV.

"I’m pretty sure he actually landed from the West Indies that morning and came straight to the game. 

"His eyes must have lit up when he saw me flighting the ball up and he tried with a bit of success to put me onto the railway line.

"Luckily he eventually misjudged one and Steve Juliff caught him whilst balancing over the long on boundary rope at the Highams End, one of the biggest boundaries in the league.

"I was always happy to say I got Keith Arthurton out just never always mentioned how.

"Unfortunately we lost the game against a pretty strong Rammy team. "

If you have any memories of 1992 please email Nigel Stockley