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of runs for Morris
On a good wicket for the time of the year, Colne won the toss and decided to bat, from Accrington's point of view this would have been the same decision.
Having taken a year out of cricket, Stephan Heins opened the bowling from the town end and leading wicket taker from last year Asim Hussain from the bowling green end. Both bowlers were slightly ring rusty but continued to beat the bat and both ending up with a wicket each, Heinsy making the first breakthrough, having the opening bat caught at cover by Adam Barnes making a difficult catch look easy.
Asim struck next, bowling the other opener. Tofeeq Khan and Kamran Khan then joined the attack, both bowling well , Kamran slightly unlucky not to pick up a wicket, but Tofeeq enjoyed his return, finishing with 3 for 41.
Having waited until 31st over to introduce himself to the attack , Len Dewhurst quickly struck, removing both top scorers in the Colne batting line up, he finished with figures of 5 for 15 of 8 overs and Colne were dismissed for 185 having been a menacing 144 for 4 with 19 overs to go, Robert Airey caught the last man behind the stumps to round off a good display behaved the stumps ( first time for ten years, he looked a natural ), so the first points of the season was registered ( 2 for bowling Colne out ).
It was now time for the batters to win the game and collect the next ten points. Martin Whittle and Waheed Hussain making his Accrington debut opened the batting.
It took little time for the openers to get on top, simply dispatching the Colne attack to all parts of the field. Waheed Hussain got his maiden Accrington fifty, and Morris ( little Mo to his friends ) achieved his maiden Accrington hundred, quite simply he was class!
Waheed was finally out for 51 , Morris carried his bat for a impressive 105 not out, and Adam Barnes chipped in with a solid 18 not out. Accrington won by 9 wickets and 13 overs to go, the first 12 points were registered and the team relaxed in the Colne bar feeling that a job had been done. Now for Haslingdon and Lowerhouse was the conversation!
Time for a stat attack. In the absence of a photo or an in depth interview with the man of the moment let's sit back and stare at the career stats of the 'Mini Marvel - Morris'.
WHAT A PLAYER!!