Bharat building something special

Burnley's Bharat Tripathi
Burnley's Bharat Tripathi

Burnley skipper Bharat Tripathi is determined to create something “special” at Turf Moor this season.

The 25-year-old has set a trend for hitting meteoric heights during his amateur tenure in cricket.

Having surpassed Trevor Jones’s long-standing club record in 2009, when registering 76 wickets for the term, Tripathi stewarded his side to a first Worsley Cup win in 29 years in 2013.

He was then at the fore-front as Burnley successfully defended their crown last year.

And now, having already snatched the Ron Singleton Colne Trophy from the grasps of rivals Lowerhouse, Tripathi’s men remain in the hunt for an unprecedented five-trophy haul.

Burnley are top of the pile in the Lancashire League, seeking to usurp the West Enders as champions, they’re progressing well in the Twenty20 competition, they’ve advanced in to the quarter-final of the domestic cup competition and face Darwen in the third round of the LCB Knockout Cup on July 5th.

After beating Haslingden by 10 wickets at the weekend, Tripathi said: “We want to win as many games as we can. We want to win trophies along the way and create something special.

“We’ve got a great chance to achieve something that we can look back on with pride.”

Tripathi, who faces a re-run of the cup game with Ramsbottom tomorrow and a league fixture against Todmorden at Centre Vale on Sunday, added: “We’ve got one trophy now and there’s the ambition to claim more.

“But we’ve won nothing yet. We want to focus on the process and not just the end product. We’re taking it one game at a time.

“We’re all committed and we’ll see where that takes us. We’ve got to keep showing the right attitude and trophies can be and will be won along the way if we keep doing that.

“Each weekend presents a new challenge so it’s really exciting.”

Meanwhile, record-breakers Lowerhouse will continue their quest to knock their arch nemesis of their perch.

Charlie Cottam’s side fired 225 runs en-route to victory over Bacup in the Twenty20 competition a week ago.

With Jonny Whitehead hitting 82 and Matt Walker contributing a knock of 60, club chairman Stan Heaton said: “It’s always nice to set records. I felt sure that somebody would’ve registered a bigger total, but it’s a nice record to have.

“It’s a remarkable effort. It’s a good boost for everybody and a decent crowd saw some nice hitting.”

The Liverpool Road outfit travel to Dill Hall Lane for their re-scheduled Worsley Cup tie against Enfield tomorrow before hosting Rawtenstall in a league encounter on Sunday.

“We still fancy our chances in the league,” said Heaton. “It’s not as though Burnley are 60 points clear with four games remaining. Burnley could slip up. We need to keep the pressure on.

“Rawtenstall are a tasty side with a very good pro. Keith Roscoe doesn’t need an introduction. It’ll be a very tough game. We’ve lost a couple of games so we know we’re not invincible. We have to be at our best every single game.”

Heaton added: “The cup is of equal precedence and the semi-final draw will be interesting for everybody. It’s a wide open competition. The ideal scenario is to get Burnley in the final but we need to get there ourselves first. We’ve still got to get past Enfield.

“We’re determined to avenge our defeat to Enfield. We were without Cobus (Pienaar) that day and his fast yorkers can wipe up the tail end. We would hope to do better in this cup game.

“We don’t give it a second thought that Burnley have won it for the last two years. They deserve congratulations. But wanting to do well in every game is our motivation. There’s no better feeling than winning. Losing is horrible.”

l Burnley and Lowerhouse go head-to-head in the Twenty20 competition tonight at Turf Moor, start 6-15 p.m.