Accrington Cricket Club

Great Harwood v Accrington
Sunday May 21st 2023

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  Score Score
Great Harwood 223-6 Accrington 227-7
Scorecard Table
Accrington (10pts) beat Great Harwood (3pts) by 3 wickets


Ric in action
Ric Williams in action
©Nigel Stockley

The Accrington-Great Harwood matches usually throw up something special and this match was no exception. Half centuries from Matt Oddie and professional Thikshila De Silva helped Great Harwood post 223-6 on a warm sunny day at The Evolve Document Solutions Cliffe Park. Accrington professional Jacob Clarke claimed the first wicket of the afternoon with the final ball of the opening over, bowling Ismheel Shakeel without scoring. Opener Caleb Greenhalgh and Oddie put on 72 for the 2nd wicket before Greenhalgh fell to the off spin of Siraj Hussain for 35. De Silva and Oddie upped the tempo with a 60 run stand which was broken when Oddie was trapped in front by Hussain for 56 made from 120 balls and including four fours and a six. One run later Reece Willets was caught behind by Ric Williams off Ben Gorton without scoring. De Silva and Jake Peake added 30 before the home professional gave Gorton a return catch for a 54 ball 50 which included eight fours. Four runs later Peake was cleaned up by the returning Clarke for 21. An unbroken 7th wicket stand of 50 between Kasir Masood (42 not out) and Hammad Amin (9 not out) set Accrington a target of 224 for victory. Masood's innings lasted just 17 balls and included three sixes and three fours. Openers Clarke and Gorton continued where they left off last week with an opening stand of 95. Great Harwood skipper Stuart Maher came in to the attack and changed the course of the game by taking a return catch off Gorton who made 54 from 59 balls with ten fours. Two runs later Maher cleaned up Hussain for 2. Maher next had Kian Farnworth taken by de Silva for 13 at 127. Clarke was next to go bowled by his opposite number for 62, including eight fours. De Silva also picked up Andy Greenwood (17) at 171, Ali Hasham (17) at 176 and skipper Graeme Sneddon (8) at 190. The fall of Sneddon made Great Harwood the favourites but Mohammed Tayyib had other ideas smashing 35 from 17 balls with six fours and a six to win the game for Accrington with nine balls remaining. Yousuf Ali was also unbeaten on 7. De Silva took 4-74 and Maher 3-48.