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ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman wants to win every game - including cricket!

STUMPED: manager-cum-wicketkeeper John Coleman
STUMPED: manager-cum-wicketkeeper John Coleman

ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman wants to win every game - including cricket!

Members of the Stanley side took on Accrington Cricket Club in a Twenty20 game at Thorneyholme Road on Wednesday night.

And the Reds boss wasn't happy when he was run out on 22 by his assistant boss Jimmy Bell. Coleman went for a quick single and unfortunately Bell didn't respond.

It was all in the name of fun though and, after being set a target of 178 from the cricket club's 20 overs, Stanley were all out for 151 with two overs left.

They did have some help as former Rishton professional Peter Sleep and Great Harwood captain Russell Whalley, son of chairman Eric, came to help the score along.

Accrington pro Tama Canning started off well with a few sixes before he had to retire - he did return later on only to be caught by Whalley.

But it was new signing Ian Craney who almost starred with the ball. The midfielder claimed the scalp of former Lancashire and England player Graham Lloyd - lining up for the cricketers. Damien Hindle took the catch on the boundary.

Craney followed it up by dismissing Jimmy Hayhurst with the next ball - this time caught by Andy Procter.

He was on for a hat-trick but despite loud appeals in the next ball - most notably by Bell - it wasn't given.

Hindle did take some good catches - but dropped a few - while Paul Howarth bowled Damien Clarke; Lee McEvilly saw off former Stanley player Ian McRae; Andy Procter dismissed another ex-Stanley player Dave Hargreaves and Jonathan Smith clean bowled Zahir Afzal.

On the batting stakes, Craney didn't have much joy as he was out third ball for a duck. McEvilly got a few runs while Coleman hit a four off his first ball.

Whalley had helped the score along making 32 before he had to retire and then Bell (seven) was soon back in the pavilion with his manager.

Smith, Howarth and Procter had a go with the bat while Sleep was stumped on 21. Whalley was caught later on after returning to play on 46 but it didn't really matter - except to John Coleman.


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