Accrington Cricket Club

Ramsbottom v Accrington
Sunday August 24th 2008

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Sunday August 24th Score Score
Ramsbottom 79 Accrington 80-5
Scorecard Table
Accrington (12pts) beat Ramsbottom (1pt) by 5 wickets

Jimmy celebrates
Jimmy Hayhurst celebrates catching Keith Webb
©Nigel Stockley
Accrington finally laid the ghost of Acre Bottom to rest when they won at Ramsbottom for the first time since 1989 to complete a 24 point weekend. For the second day running Accrington bowled out their opponents for a low score and then knocked off the runs in just over 20 overs, losing 5 wickets to Ramsbottom professional Shane Harwood (5-31) in the process. Overnight rain delayed the start until 2.30pm and lopped 10 overs off each innings. The match was effectively won in the opening overs of the Ramsbottom innings when Accrington professional Roy Silva (4-32) and skipper David Ormerod (5-44) reduced the home side to 10-5. Both openers Phil Hayes and Richard Rothwell fell to catches behind to Matt Wilson off Silva. David Bell followed in the same fashion and then skipper Chris Read was caught at point by Toby Bulcock off Ormerod. Keith Webb was next to go well caught in the deep by Jimmy Hayhurst off Ormerod. Home professional Harwood dug in and ground out 41 valuable runs as wickets tumbled around him. Andy Holt stayed with Harwood to add 33 for the 6th wicket before being superbly caught one handed by long off Bulcock who ran round to take the catch at long on to remove Holt for a well made 23. Richard Hevingham made 10 but Ross Brown was run out without facing a ball as Harwood tried to keep the strike. The Australian was next to go caught at point by Silva off Ormerod for 41. Matt Wilson picked up his 5th victim when he stumped last man Jack Walmsley to give Ormerod his 5th wicket as Ramsbottom were dismissed for 79. Paul Carroll hit thee huge sixes and two fours in a 41 ball knock of 40, his highest score for Accrington but he became one of Harwood's five victims. Wilson added 38 with Carroll and then Accrington lost two wickets at 46 and 69 before Graham Lloyd (9 not out) and Bulcock saw Accrington take a step closer to the league title with four games to play.