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Burnley v Accrington
Accrington have reached the Worsley Cup Final for the first time since 1989 after a dramatic 7 run win at Burnley.
Defending a total of 137, Accrington were under the cosh with Burnley cruising at 67-2 with professional Jeeva Kulatunga at the crease on 40. The Sri Lankan hit the ball to point and set off for a run that never was, only to be sent back by his partner Mohammed Jamal. Kulatunga could only watch as his innings was ended in disastrous fashion. Jamal battled on to take the score to 105 but when he was bowled by Paul Carroll, 33 were needed for victory with just 2 wickets in hand. Chris Burton did his best but Damian Clarke removed both Bharat Tripathi and last man James Capstick with leg before decisions to wrap up a dramatic win for Accrington. Burton finished unbeaten on 22.
Rain delayed the start of the match until 3pm when Accrington began their innings after being put in to bat. Openers Carroll and Matt Wilson put on 28 before Carroll was caught by Qasim Ali off Steve Brunt for 23. Stuart Crabtree was clean bowled by Brunt on the same score and Wilson was sent back by Kulatunga for 14 with the score on 42. Professional Roy Silva and Graham Lloyd put on 40 before both men finished up at the same end after a mix up. It was Lloyd (14) who ended up walking back and the Sri Lankan soon followed at 93 after making 31, caught by Brunt off Tripathi, who conceded just 14 runs from his 10 over spell. Ali removed Toby Bulcock for 14 and Simon Hanson was run out for 8 to leave Accrington on 117-7. Ali then removed Afzal and David Ormerod and Michael Kelly accounted for Clarke to end the Accrington innings on 137. Brunt picked up 2-19 and Ali 3-21 for Burnley.
Silva removed openers Brunt and Daniel Pickup to have Burnley rocking at 11-2. Then Kulatunga and Jamal put on 56 before the Sri Lankans innings ended. Bulcock picked up Kelly and Ali and then Ormerod trapped Nathan Whitehead to put Accrington on top at 82-6. Ormerod struck again to remove Stephen Whittaker (10) and then Carroll picked up the vital wicket of Jamal.