Bharat beaming as Burnley beat Lowerhouse

Vishal Tripathi for Burnley in their game against Lowerhouse
Vishal Tripathi for Burnley in their game against Lowerhouse

Burnley captain Bharat Tripathi declared that the derby win over rivals Lowerhouse is only an ‘insurance policy’ at this stage of the season.

The Lancashire League table-toppers extended their lead at the summit to 12 points after condemning the West Enders to their first loss of the campaign.

It was a fantastic win and probably a bigger win than what I thought it would be

Bharat Tripathi

While James Anderson reached 1,000 Test runs in defeat to New Zealand at Headingley, his best man David Brown was the star of the show at Turf Moor, firing an unbeaten 93 in his side’s 172-7 total.

The fixture was limited to 38 overs due to weather conditions, but the away side fell 10 overs short of that as paid man Chris Holt cleaned up with figures of 5-27 as ‘House were wiped out 100 runs short of their target.

But with 17 games still remaining in the season, Tripathi said: “I’m definitely in a good mood. It was a fantastic win and probably a bigger win than what I thought it would be.

“We’re very happy to get a bit of breathing space at the top of the league. We’ve given ourselves a bit of security. It’s an insurance policy just in case things don’t go our way one week.

“We were well prepared for the game. We had a lot to play for because we’ve know we’ve got the personnel to challenge for honours this term.

“Being top of the league added a bit more pressure to it as well. We had to pull out all the stops to win.”

He added: “I still think the table will fluctuate a bit. It’s still a long season and there’s 17 games to go.

“It’s difficult to say just how significant that win is yet but at this point of the season it’s a big result.

“It’s good to be top. There’s a sense of relief about it because this is what we’ve been aiming towards for a couple of years. We’re not getting too carried away yet though.”

Nelson provide the opposition on two occasions this weekend, with the first meeting at Seedhill tonight in the Twenty20 competition.

The pair will then lock horns in another mini-derby at the same venue in a league clash on Sunday.

“I think we’re camping over at Seedhill,” Tripathi joked. “At the start of the season I tipped Nelson to be the team to surprise a few people.

“They’ve got a decent bowling attack and I think it will be a really good contest over the weekend. It will be a battle between our batting and their bowling.

“Our team will change very little for the two games. We’ve got the likes of David Brown, Jonathan Clare and Cole Hayman available for all competitions. The ambition is high on all fronts.”

Meanwhile, Lowerhouse will look to remedy their hangover from the weekend’s derby defeat with victory against Colne at Liverpool Road.

While Charlie Cottam’s men have won six of their seven league fixtures played, Matt Walker’s side are languishing at the foot of the table having accumulated just 17 points.