Before play commenced a minute’s silence was held for Ted Marshall a long time Accrington supporter who passed away recently at 103. Some of our members met Ted last year on our first visit to Accrington and were amazed at his energy and love of cricket.
A cold and overcast day at Accrington started with captain Paul Houldsworth losing the toss and being asked to bat. Great Harwood however made a solid start with the openers putting on 39 without the loss of a wicket.
However the stumping of Allan Armer led to a batting collapse and with the loss of Matt Oddie, Ashen Silva and Patrick Swanney, GHCC found themselves 40-4. A combination of some contentious decisions and little resistance from the middle order meant the slide continued and GHCC were quickly at 70-9. Assisted by the help of 40 innings wides from the Accrington bowlers, a strong partnership between veterans Paul Houldsworth and Paul Newton, managed to get GHCC to 116 all out with the captain finishing 31*.
With only Armer and Houldsworth getting into double figures GHCC were going to find it tough in the second innings.
A quick wicket from Ashen Silva and some good bowling from Stuart Maher had Accrington at 23-3 and then at 54-4. But as GHCC looked like they could possibly grab victory from the jaws of defeat Kieran Grimshaw steadied the ship for the home side as he guided Accrington to victory with 48*.
A disappointing and cold day on which the only positive (from a spectators point of view) was the delicious chilli and chips on offer in the tea room.