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April 2004 Newsletter

Duncan Warburton
Duncan Warburton

Situations Vacant
Duncan Warburton is to become the Lancashire Leagues Assistant Secretary in May. This means that Duncan will have to relinquish his roles as Cricket Section Secretary and Lancashire League representative. These roles need to be filled as a matter of urgency. Kim Sneddon has taken up the role as Treasurer. Matt Wilson has been appointed as first team captain. Dave Kennedy will skipper the seconds and Zaed Hussain takes charge of the thirds.

Peter Ingham has constructed the sight boards, thanks given to Arthur McGilveray and David Lloyd Senior for painting the boards.

Assistance is needed on match days in various ways. Please see Rod Kenyon if you can help.

The digital age
Accrington have joined the digital age. The club is the first in the Lancashire League to have an electronic scoreboard after fire destroyed the old traditional box last October. Lionel Cooke will have the honour of operating the board, in addition to scoring, being match announcer and of course keeping himself well fed. [Pic]

Working Party/ Action Group
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In December 2003, the Club formed an Action Group to implement some of the ideas put forward by the Membership at the EGM. The Group has since been meeting on a regular basis and will be working hard in the coming months to increase income via fund raising activities and sponsorship. It is vital that the members support the efforts of the Action Group as we strive to achieve one common goal - to make Accrington Cricket Club successful.

Practice and coaching
Russ Cuddihy and Graham Lloyd will be coaching seniors at the club on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Well done to Richard Burrows, Pete Conroy, Andy Eland and Zaed Hussain who have passed the ECB Level 1 coaching award. [Pic]

Junior Cricket
The Under 15s retained their title in the Steven Dickenson Ltd Hyndburn Indoor Cricket League at Hyndburn Sports Centre by beating Enfield Eagles. Accrington Lightning made 231-2 and then restricted the Eagles to 214-4 to earn a place in the County Finals on April 25th. In the Under 13s final Accrington Lightning lost to Church Cougars. Accrington made 211-5 with Church replying with 220-4. [Pics]

Accrington Under 15s will face tough opposition in this seasons cup competition with last seasons Section 2 champions Lowerhouse being the visitors on Wednesday April 21st. The winners will play Enfield or Darwen. The Under 13s will travel to Church on Friday April 16th. A game against Rishton or East Lancs awaits the winners. The Under 11s take on East Lancs at Alexandra Meadows before May 23rd. The winners will play either Rishton or Salesbury.

Results and players
New signing Adam Wilson made an impressive 45 on his first team debut, putting on 81 for the first wicket with Mohsin Ahmed, who hit 51 in Accrington's 155-7 in a pre-season friendly against Clitheroe at Thorneyholme Road. Skipper Matt Wilson (22) and Graeme Sneddon (14 not out) also kept the new electronic scorebox ticking over. Jimmy Hayhurst then picked up the first two Clitheroe wickets as the visitors looked unhappy at 5-2, but they recovered to record a 5 wicket win with 1 over to spare. Hayhurst picked up 4-14 in 8 overs with Damian Clarke testing his injured shoulder in taking 1-37. The seconds also lost in the last over at Clitheroe on Easter Monday.

Transfers were granted to Adam Greenwood (to Church) and Kamran Khan (to Enfield).

Friday April 16th Pre season party with top group Wasted
Saturday May 8th Chairman's Night with Helen Bach
Friday 18th June Race Night
Wednesday 7th July Accy v Accrington Stanley
Monday 30th August Family Fun Day






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