Accrington Cricket Club

Ian Wilson's Season Review 2015

Accrington 2015
Accrington 2015

2015 saw us welcome back Dibber into the team following his injury hit 2014 season and also welcome Keiren Grimshaw from Read and Alfie Taylor from Edenfield. Conversely we lost Simon Hanson to the Pro’ing ranks at Lostock and Sam Excell to work commitments in Germany. The season began with a comfortable win away at Colne with the Pro Ocki starting where he left off last year with 65 not out, with newcomer Keiren Grimshaw hitting 39 on debut. After that however we struggled for form and wins proved hard to come by as a new team found it difficult to settle down. Indeed our next league success was not for 4 weeks at home to Rishton. We did manage a Worsley Cup victory over Rawtenstall though to progress to the second round. We would then lose six out of the next seven games in all competitions before the Worsley Cup again saw us record a comprehensive win at Bacup to make the semi-finals for the first time since 2008. The season then really started to come together for us and we managed to find some form with four straight league wins prior to the semi-final away at Nelson. We went into the game full of confidence but it seemed that we saved our worst performance of the season for what was arguably the most important game. Frankly we were annihilated on a wet day when just about anything that could have gone badly, did. So onward and upward and although we lost the next match to a high flying Lowerhouse team suddenly it all clicked. Following on from that defeat we played 10 league games with seven wins, just two defeats and one no-result. A great end to a difficult season.

Along the way there were some memorable performances with two very special achievements sticking out. On Saturday July 4th Jake Clark had the game of his young career taking 8-35 at Todmorden a magnificent display of bowling which would turn out to be the seasons best amateur bowling performance in the Lancashire League. Just one week later on July 11th, Graeme Sneddon also wrote his way into the record books with an incredible 152 runs from just 89 balls, this was also the best Lancashire League amateur batting performance of the season. Our congratulations to both players on these terrific achievements. Finally our congratulations also go to our Professional Ockert Erasmus who scored over 1,000 runs and took 75 wickets during the season, a tremendously consistent season and we look forward to him returning in 2016.

Have a great winter.

Ian Wilson




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