Accrington Cricket Club

Accrington Under 15s 2013

Rawtenstall home, Wednesday July 10th
"Rocky" knocked out !

When we last played "Rocky" we were hammered inside 13 overs in a woeful display, tonight however, we reversed the result.  Elliot won the toss, chose to bat and then realised he had not brought his boots !   A steady start by Henners and James brought an opening partnership of 35.  Callum creamed one drive through mid on before being caught at third man off a short delivery.  Batting at number 5, Joe came in and with a target set by the coach to get a total of 100, he set about any loose bowling.  One leg side shot nearly dropped into the tennis courts, he finished with a well compiled 34 not out of 33 balls.  The total set was 109 to win.

Adil steamed in for the first over and quickly knocked over the batsmen who got 50 against us in the last gane, in his second over a bouncer hit their batsmen on the helmet before he cleaned bowled another batsman.  At 20 for 3 we had them on the ropes.  A steady partnership of 28 brought them back into the game, assisted by some poor catching and fielding, but the introduction of slower bowling turned the game back our way.  Lewis and Raheem taking a wicket each and bowling good lengths and lines.  Henners came on when Raheem ran out of overs and killed the game off by taking a wicket with his first ball and last ball of his first over.  The final total was 82-8 and we had avenged our defeat at their place.

Lowerhouse away Monday July 1st

Accy win nailbiter.  Our capitano was on his way back from Cadbury World so Elliot took charge, won the toss and elected to bat first.  On a lively wicket James and Henry made a steady start, putting on 15 for the first wicket.  Elliot and Callum then hit a couple of lusty blows each before being dismissed to reduce us to 33 for 3.  But Adil and the man from Cadbury World then produced a partnership of 32, Adil clubbing 24 and Joe 14.  We finished with a creditable score of 92.

An aggressive first over from " Bully" benefitted Ant who picked up 2 wickets in his first over.  Elliot then ran one of their batsmen out before the House started building partnerships.  Raheem came on and bowled their opening bat.  Careful bowling changes and strategic fielding positions kept us in the game. Bully came back and in 2 separate one over blasts he splattered the timbers of 2 of their batsmen.  It was nip and tuck and got down to the last over with 4 needed to win, Ant returned to the fray, the first 4 bals were dot balls, the 5th one bowled their batsman, leaving a boundary needed off the final ball., only 2 were scored and a narrow victory was achieved.

Salesbury at home Wednesday June 26th
We got hammered, enough said on this one !!


Wednesday June 19th
Enfield 93 all out, ACC 96 for 5

After losing the toss we were fielding first, we unleashed Adil down hill, who quickly had the batsmen going in reverse.  Unfortunately, he also nailed our wicket keeper, Ben, who left the field in the 3rd over with a very sore thumb.  Enfield were kind enough to supply a sub fielder for the rest of the innings and James took over behind the sticks.  In general our bowling improved on the last two weeks as did the fielding.  The total of 93 was made up of 24 extras, 12 of which were wides.  Lloydy took 2 wickets in his first over and finished with figures of 4-2-9-3, which in simple terms means 3 wickets for only 9 runs off 4 overs.  Raheem again performed well taking 2 more wickets with his leggies, Henners kept things tight and finished with figures of 1 wicket for 5 runs off his 3 overs.  We were able to give Raggy a bowl and he gained some much needed confidence taking one for five in 2 overs.

In our innings Callum and Henners laid the foundations for our win with 13 and 20 respectively.  Their good work culminated in fine knocks from Tom and Lloydy.  Shot of the night was an exquisite off drive up the hill from Lloydy who went on to make a good 17, including one 6.  Tom finished with our top score of the night, 28 not out, made up of 4 boundaries and one 6.  We won with 3.5 overs to spare.

The coach called to check on his injured keeper (who had paid his quid and only lasted 17 balls and his dad only saw one ball !!) after the game.  He has a suspected fracture of the right thumb and will be restricted from sport for a short while and also can't write or use his X Box....I pity the Ross family trying to entertain him whilst he is injured.

Monday June 10th Accrington lost to Ramsbottom by 30 runs

Another sun drenched evening at A.C.C. brought Ramsbottom as our visitors.  We lost the toss and were asked to field first and they looked in good nick from the outset.  We had Adil back and he produced a few very lively deliveries, but our bowling at the other end did not offer enough support.  They raced to 103 before they lost the first wicket.  We managed to to chip away with a few wickets after Adil had retired one of their batsmen with a full bunger on his foot.

Joe Lloyd was on a hat trick after clean bowling 2 on the trot, but over all our fielding was poor and the atmosphere was again too quiet when we were under pressure.  The amassed a total of 143 for 5 after 20 overs.

This was always going to be a very difficult target be we tried admirably.  James and Joe both got golden ducks, but Mr Consistent, Elliot, batted well and along with Callum we started moving.  Elliot made 18 and Callum 36 before Adil and Tom kept the momentum going with 19 and 14 respectively.  We finished on 113 for 9, our biggest score of the season.

Before our next game we will need to improve our bowling and fielding in order to become more competitive and whoever nicked the new match ball after the game is asked to return it to me please.

Wednesday June 5th Rawtenstall beat ACC  by 9 wickets

The sun was out, a balmy evening in Rawtenstall, a good looking wicket, the skipper wins the toss and elects to bat.  All going well so far, the first over comes down, a nice tight over of outswingers that young Whit comfortably plays himself in.  In the next over, with a bit more pace on the ball, James F delicately deflects the ball to the boundary ropes a couple of times. In the 5th over, with a total of 15 on the board the first wicket falls, an apologetic kind of stumping from the bowling of a left arm chinaman.  Callum enters the fray and with his partner double the score before the next wicket falls.  Joe is next, hits a nice boundary but gets a bit over eager and holes out to mid on.  They are using plenty of bowlers and holding their catches.  Elliot and Callum take the score forward each getting to 20 or over before wickets tumble a little towards the end of the 20 overs.

We have amassed 84 runs, Callum is improving game by game and Elliot is now looking like the coach is batting him too low in the order.  A supportive crowd, with regular calls of "get yer bat down" from Mick, give an appreciative hand to the batsmen.

Part 2, bowling and fielding.............does not go to plan, someone appears to have let all the air out of our side at half time.  The fielding is not the best, we are very quiet and most of the bowlers are hitting the wrong length too often.  The opposition batsmen wait on the back foot and despatch our short bowling.  We've missed the pace of Adil but have a good spell from the leggies of Raheem.  The opposition beat us for the loss of only 1 wicket, with 6 overs in hand.

Next game is next Monday at home to Rammy, no nets before the next game to put things right, but we'll be up for it.

This Friday the sun will be out, the 20/20 is in town, music on, bar open and BBQ going, come and support the club please and have an enjoyable start to the weekend !!!

Wednesday May 22nd ACC  81-5 Lowerhouse (2) 55-8

Sir Alex built new squads and we are doing the same with the 15's, our performance was much improved on our previous win against Enfield. Our skipper won the toss and elected to bat on a greenish wicket (under advice I may add).  Our openers made a solid start before Henners was bowled for 4 runs.  Joe arrived nervously at the wicket and soon contributed with James Fawcett in a partnership of 16 before James was dismissed for a good knock of 14.  Callum in his first knock for a long while, failed to trouble the scorers before Elliott and Joe batted well, taking good singles and despatching any poor deliveries. Joe scored 22 before attempting an over ambitious second and was run out, Elliott was then stumped for a well made 21.  The giant figure of Ben Ross came to the wicket and soon started to take ones and twos and rotate the strike with Adil who thumped one good four and nearly swung himself out of his orange trainers trying to hit one to Huncoat!  A good total of 81 was put on the board.

Adil charged in from the Huncoat end and put the frighteners on their openers, removing one with the first ball of his second over. Joe then bowled their number three before Elliott struck and bowled their number 4 batter.  At 25 for 3, we kept the field tight, bowled well and our seamers took five wickets.  This meant we could turn to our leg spinners and Raheem bamboozled two batsmen to finish with 2 for 6 off 2 overs.  Ben kept wicket better as the innings went on, our team sprit was excellent and good progress is being made by all of our lads.  Lowerhouse finished their innings on 55 for 8.  (all 8 wickets were clean bowled)

FRIDAY 3 MAYACCRINGTON 63-3 (16 overs)                                     ENFIELD 57-5 (16 overs)
Elliot Welsh 23                                                                   Adil Hussain 4-0-13-2
Matt Taylor 13 no                                                             Joe Lloyd 4-1-6-1

Once the two teams had managed to be at the same ground at the same time the U15 gained some revenge for the result earlier in the week by beating Enfield by 6 runs. As with the U13, 2 wickets in two balls put Accrington under pressure at 12-2. However a partnership of 45 between Matt Taylor and Elliot Welsh steadied the ship and Enfield were set 64 to win. A quick opening spell from Adil Hussain had the Enfield openers jumping around in the crease and he was rewarded with an early wicket, thanks to an excellent catch by Raheem.  Good tight bowling restricted the visitors to just 21 at the half way stage but an expensive 12th over brought Enfield right back into it. Eleven runs were needed off the last 6 balls but thanks to a fantastic last over from Anthony Braithwaite they fell 6 runs short.

The game due to be played against Salesbury on 8 May was cancelled and will be replayed at a later date


Wednesday April 24th
Cup v Burnley
A very young U15 side went down by 8 wickets to Burnley. Everyone performed admirably against their bigger and stronger opponents, in particular two of the U11’s. Raheem Kasser kept the hostile Burnley bowling at bay for 29 balls and finished not out. He then proceeded to bamboozle the Burnley opener with his leg spin, bowling him middle stump. In the next over the other half of the ‘spin kings’, Riley Armstrong, tempted the Burnley batsman down the wicket and U11 keeper Ben Ross was just too quick for him, removing the bails before he could get back.

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