Bharat beaming at brilliant Burnley!

Burnley captain Bharat Tripathi and wicket-keeper Chris Burton appeal in vain for a lbw decision in the game against Lowerhouse.
Burnley captain Bharat Tripathi and wicket-keeper Chris Burton appeal in vain for a lbw decision in the game against Lowerhouse.

Records are there to be broken, statistics are there to be transformed.

That’s certainly something Burnley Cricket Club has built on throughout the 2015 term.

On Sunday Bharat Tripathi’s side will cap an extraordinary season with the presentation of the Lancashire League trophy following their fixture with Todmorden at Turf Moor.

The champions will culminate the campaign as the first ever club to land a clean sweep of senior silverware and the first outfit to lift the Worsley Cup three years in succession, while opening batsman Vishal Tripathi smashed Jon Harvey’s amateur batting record.

“Records are there to be broken and we’re delighted that we’ve managed to break more than one,” said the skipper.

“Nobody has ever achieved what we’ve done this year. It’s slowly sinking in. It’s starting to sink in that I’ve been a part of something great. It’s extremely satisfying and I’m very proud.”

Tripathi feels the club has now set the bar for success and Burnley’s most decorated captain has already outlined the next challenge.

“We want to stretch this form out as far as we can,” he said. “We’ve enjoyed what we’ve done this year but we are always looking forward.

“It would certainly be a bigger achievement if we were to defend all of our titles.

“It got more difficult every time we defended the Worsley Cup and naturally it will be harder to defend everything.

“We’re the champions now and everybody will want to shoot us down. That will be the case in every single game that we play next year.

“We’re setting the bar higher with every game that we win now but we’re determined to stretch our dominance.”

And Tripathi is proud that he and his team-mates will now be a source of inspiration for future generations at the club.

“We all had role models at the club when we were growing up,” Tripathi said. “There was the likes of Andrew McLeod, Jon Harvey and my dad (Pankaj Tripathi).

“They had great careers, they achieved a lot, and we looked up to them.

“Hopefully that will be the same now and the junior players will look up to us. What we’ve done gives them something to strive towards and aspire to.

“We are the generation that has set the marker for future generations. We will be a source of inspiration and we are proud to be a part of that cycle.”

Meanwhile, outgoing champions Lowerhouse are embroiled in a battle for the runner-up spot.

The West Enders had won the title three times in the past four years but the loss of key players including Jon Finch, Joey Hawke, Ben Heap and Jack Edgar was always going to make it difficult for them to retain their crown.

Going into the final game of the season against Rawtenstall at the Worswick Memorial Ground, ‘House are level on 206 points with third place Enfield and five points adrift of second place Ramsbottom.