BACUP gave high-flyers Accrington a bloody nose as they nearly caused a shock last Saturday.
Despite a poor batting display, at one stage the Lanehead side had Accy on the ropes with 3-3.
But a fine performance by Graham Lloyd helped restore the Worsley Cup winners’ pride as the home side recorded a four wicket victory.
Lloyd’s innings took him past 600 runs for the season; making him the league’s leading amateur run scorer with 646.
Accrington looked to have the game sown up in the first innings as they bowled out Bacup for a disappointing 119.
And the score could have been even lower had Peter Killelea and John Chapman not popped up at the right time to put on a sixth wicket stand of 79 runs.
Only Paul Gallagher (11) and pro Chris Harris (9) made any form of impact.
Despite not shining with the bat, Harris more than made up for it with a blistering start which saw him take the wickets of Paul Carroll (0), Matt Wilson (0) and Stuart Crabtree (4).
Joe McCluskie also chipped in as he sent pro Silva back to the pavilion for a duck leaving Accrington in trouble with 4-10.
McCluskie also took the wickets of Graeme Sneddon (16) and Toby Bulcock (5) finishing on 3-33. Harris ended on 3-42.
But Bacup’s excellent start fizzled out as Lloyd (67) and Simon Hanson (17) remained unbeaten and guided Accrington to victory in the 30th over.
Bacup manager Tony Gallagher said: ‘We recovered well and Peter Killelea and John Chapman were very good. We started the beginning of their innings brightly and got into a really good position where we could have gone on and won the game.
‘But it seemed to stop and we could not finish the game off which was disappointing.’
He added: ‘Graham Lloyd did really well and we were in a position where we could have got something from the game if we could just get one more wicket; it seems to have been the story of our year so far.’