Accrington Cricket Club

Church v Accrington
Worsley Cup Semi Final
Sunday July 9th 2017

Fosters Worsley Cup Semi Final
  Score Score
Church 144 Accrington 104
Church beat Accrington by 40 runs


Zain Goes
David Ormerod got Accrington off to a flyer with the wicket of Church professional Zain Abbas off his first ball
©Nigel Stockley

Accrington's hopes of a double final appearance were ended at the semi final stage with both the first and second teams being knocked out of the Worsley and Lancashire Telegraph Cups. The first team were beaten by 40 by Church at West End whilst the seconds lost by 6 wickets to Darwen at Thorneyholme Road.

Church reached the final of the Worsley Cup for the eighth time by beating long time local rivals Accrington by 40 runs at West End.

Accrington had the best possible start with David Ormerod dismissing Church professional Zain Abbas with the first ball of the match, caught at slip by his opposite number Michael Erlank. Josh Scully followed at 13 clean bowled by Ormerod. Church skipper Levi Wolfenden took the score to 42 with Francis Kinsella when he chipped Ormerod to Erlank for 11. Kinsella became Ormerod's fourth and last wicket with 3 balls of his fine spell remaining with Jacob Clarke taking a fine catch on the long on boundary for 27. Ormerod finished his 10 over spell with 4-18. Sam Holt was caught behind by Sam Bancroft off Ross Brown without scoring at 58. Craig Fergusson and Bilal Abbas then put on 45 for the 6th wicket. Abbas was then trapped in front by Brown for 27. Hassan Fazal holed out to Keiren Grimshaw off Brown for 4 and 6 runs later Fergusson was caught behind by Bancroft off Erlank for a top score of 34. Fergusson hit one six in his 101 ball innings. Joel Gaskill fell to Erlank for 9 and then the last pair of Sam Tucker and Jack Gaskill put on 16 to take the score to 144 when Tucker holed out to Clarke off skipper Simon Hanson for a 23 ball knock of 17. Erlank took 3-17 and Brown 2-29.

Accrington's left handed openers were soon parted when Zain trapped Graeme Sneddon in front for 4 with 6 on the board. Erlank fell 2 runs later for 2, trapped in front by Wolfenden. Hanson (4) played on to Jack Gaskill at 22 and Grimshaw fell to Bilal Abbas' first ball for 13. Jon Hayhurst made 11 in a 23 run 5th wicket stand with Clarke before being caught behind by Tucker off Wolfenden. Clarke was trapped in front by Zain for 20 at 70 and next ball Bancroft had the same fate. Brown avoided the hat-trick and went on to make an unbeaten 11 with Bilal Abbas accounting for Jimmy Hayhurst (4) and last man Ormerod (7) to bowl Accrington out for 104. Bilal Abbas took 3-20, Zain 3-12 and Wolfenden 2-16.

Half centuries by Bryn Hargreaves (64 not out) and Andy Greenwood (53) helped the seconds make 216-8. An unbeaten 106 by Reece Willets helped Darwen to a 6 wicket win.