Match Report Ramsbottom 1st XI v Accrington 1st XI  – 19 May 2024

ACC 205 All Out (49 overs) RCC 208 for 2 (47.3 overs) 

Scorecard here

Fine Batting Display Sees us Coast to Victory

At last a gorgeous day, a big crowd, a beautiful setting (marred only by the hideous paper mill chimney) and a good track. What more could a cricket fan ask for.

Accrington must have been happy to have won the toss and elected to bat on what promised to be a run feast of a day.

Opening with professional Jurie Snyman and Jon Hayhurst they had to face the newly wed Bird and our pro Hareen. Only 9 runs were on the board when Hareen trapped Hayhurst lbw and then in no time the opposition were reduced to 38 for 4 as the Bird, bowling an excellent spell, took the next three wickets having Ali and Mills bowled and Haratbar taken by a fine diving catch at point by the Rammy pro.

When the Accy captain Sneddon fell to a mistimed pull shot to midwicket off Ishaq the opposition were on 51 for 5 with their pro on 40 and an early finish looked on the cards. What Snyman needed was someone to stick with him and allow him to do the bulk of the scoring. Greenwood provided the answer and after the pair had seen off the spell of the Bird (an impressive 3 for 17 off 13 overs) the Accy pro opened his shoulders and runs flowed freely from his bat. It has to be said he was helped by some rather indifferent bowling by the Rams.

Runs came at a rapid rate with Synman posting a well deserved century and looked to be in the process of helping his team to post a very big score. However what proved to be a game changing moment came with Snyman on 130 and Accrington on 190, with a good half a dozen overs left. The opposition pro attempted another massive hit off Joe and fell to a marvellous diving catch by the Doyler at deep mid on. If he had stayed in this could have cost the Rams a lot of runs. As it was the Accrington tail folded quickly with Joe taking three of the wickets and Hareen trapping Greenwood for a fine 30. With the exception of the Bird and Joe the Rammy bowling was below the necessary standard and although we bowled the opposition out for 205 it seemed as though they had got away.

It was important for the Acre Bottom boys to get a good start and this they did with both JJ and TP batting confidently and putting away any loose deliveries. They had put on 53 when JJ was caught behind off Snyman for 29. The in form Ben then joined TP and the pair maintained the good progress. Accrington tried several bowlers to no avail as both batsmen reached a half century and had put on 118 when TP was caught behind for fine 73 with the score on 171. Brad was sent in to join Ben and the pair were able to see the Rams home with two and a half overs to spare, Ben finishing on 78 not out.

This was an important 12 point win for the lads but it was far from a perfect performance in the field. The Bird was the quality performer with the ball although Joe once again chipped in removing the tail with another four wicket display

Man of the Match – Birdy who showed no adverse reaction to married  life. Special mentions to TP and Ben for their fine knocks.