Accrington Cricket Club

Rawtenstall v Accrington
Sunday August 26th 2012

Fosters Lancashire League
Sunday August 26th Score Score
Rawtenstall 74-9 Accrington 78-7
Scorecard Table
Accrington (10pts) beat Rawtenstall (3pts) by 3 wickets


50 for Dibber
50 for Dibber
©Nigel Stockley

A day truncated by rain saw some unexpected drama with the top two Enfield and Lowerhouse not playing and third placed Todmorden held to a tie at Burnley enabling Church and Accrington to edge closer as the title race hots up.

A 20 overs a-side match at Rawtenstall saw Accrington stagger over the line after losing 7 wickets in chasing down Rawtenstall's 74-9. Veteran campaigner David Ormerod picked up his 50th wicket of the season in bowling unchanged to take 2-44 with professional Ashar Zaidi tying up the other end with 4-27. Ormerod has now taken 50 wickets in a season fifteen times, six for Accrington and nine for Bacup. The home sides innings began with three run outs that saw skipper Vinny Hanson (1), professional Jandre Coetzee (5) and Danny Barlow (14) back in the pavilion. Zaidi's dismissal of Ross Brown (11) saw the bowlers inked into the scorebook and the Accrington professional followed up by sending back opener Matt Kershaw for a top score of 24. Ormerod removed Andy Riley and then Dean Barlow to pass the 50 wicket mark again. The home sides modest total shouldn't have posed too many problems for Accrington but opener Andy Greenwood was soon back in the tent after sweeping Coetzee straight into the hands of Kershaw on the deep square leg boundary with 4 on the board. The score quickly moved on to 37 with Zaidi partnering Marley Ali but the amateur fell to Coetzee for 11. Aijaz Shah provided Peter Wrathmell with some easy slip catching practice to earn Coetzee wicket number three. The introduction of Brown into the attack caused panic for the Accrington left handers with Stuart Crabtree (0) and Simon Hanson (5) trapped in front sweeping and Graeme Sneddon (1) clean bowled. Coetzee's mixed bag of tricks then trapped Zaidi in front for 22 and 3 wickets had fallen for the addition of 2 runs to have Accrington rocking on 57-7. Enter Matt Wilson to join his skipper Graham Lloyd and hammer an unbeaten 20 from just 11 balls with one four and two sixes, the second of which finished on the terracing to end the contest.