Accrington Cricket Club

Accrington v Rawtenstall
Saturday May 6th 2006

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Saturday May 6th Score Score
Accrington 341-5 Rawtenstall 195-8
Accrington (10pts) beat Rawtenstall (0pts) on run rate
Nishit in action
Nishit in action against Rawtenstall

Accrington notched up a second victory of the season in another record breaking afternoon at Thorneyholme Road. Accrington piled up a club record 341-5 against Rawtenstall with professional Nishit Shetty hitting 173 before being bowled by Peter Seal in the last over. The Indian smashed 13 boundaries to all parts of the Lancashire League's biggest arena, adding five sixes off just 121 balls. His half century came up off 48 balls and his century took 84 balls as he passed his previous highest knock of 155 on his debut. He then overtook Ryan Campbell's 157 and when his innings ended, only the great Charlie Llewellyn had scored more in a single innings for the club. Accrington's total surpassed the 288 made against Bacup on a Wednesday afternoon in 1913 when Llewellyn made his momentous unbeaten 188. Only Rawtenstall's 347-7 against Nelson in 2003 stands above Accrington's score in the Lancashire League record books in limited overs cricket. Unlike his debut innings, Shetty gave several chances which were spilled by the Rawtenstall fielders on a grueling afternoon for the visitors. Openers Graeme Sneddon (15) and Zahir Afzal put on 45 before Seal claimed the wicket of the left hander. Afzal hit seven boundaries in his best score of the season, adding 102 with Shetty when Andrew Payne trapped him lbw for 59. Skipper Matt Wilson joined in the festivities with a 62 ball half century, hitting six fours and two sixes in a 3rd wicket stand of 146 with the Indian maestro. On his departure Adam Wilson fell first ball to give Alan Wise his only wicket on a frustrating afternoon that saw him concede 93 runs from 16 overs. Seal picked up Shetty at the end to finish with 3-98 but Stuart Crabtree kept up the momentum with a glorious straight six off the medium pacer. Rain threatened to cruelly wipe the innings out, but in the end the match resumed with Rawtenstall needing 290 off 40 overs for an unlikely victory. Shetty then picked up 3-28 as the visitors were restricted to 195-8. Seal made an unbeaten 57 after his side fell to 98-6 with Andrew Payne hitting 32 at the top of the order.

Images of this record breaking day

A look at back at the Accrington-Bacup match in 1913