Brown lauds Turf seamer Liaqat!

Bowler Jehangir Liaqat in action for Burnley in their game with Nelson.
Bowler Jehangir Liaqat in action for Burnley in their game with Nelson.

Burnley chairman Michael Brown has congratulated amateur bowler Jhangir Liaqat after the Turf Moor seamer was named Fosters Lancashire League under 23 player of the month for the period stretching through April and May.

The 20-year-old took 27 wickets in all competitions during that schedule including 6-25 against Haslingden in the Worsley Cup, 5-33 against Church and 5-35 against Colne.

“He’s had a great return over that period,” said Brown. “He’s been fantastic. He’s the league’s leading wicket taker so it’s thoroughly deserved.

“But the bowling has been pretty good across the board really. Chris Holt, Tom Lawson, Jhangir and Cole Hayman have all had their moments.

“Jhangir has only been playing first team cricket for a season so he’s shown great improvement and consistency.”

That prolific form has certainly contributed to the club’s fight on all fronts. Bharat Tripathi’s men are now 14 points clear in the league and still competing in the Worsley Cup, Twenty20 and LCB Knockout Cup.

But Brown refuses to look beyond the weekend. Burnley continue the defence of their Worsley Cup crown tomorrow when they entertain Ramsbottom before travelling to Bentgate to tackle Haslingden in a league encounter on Sunday.

“We need to be consistent for 26 games if we want to win the league, but we’re not looking any further than our next match,” Brown said.

“We believe we can win every game on our day so we’ll just focus on each game as it comes.

“Anything is possible but things can swamp you if you look beyond your next fixture.

“We know that if we play to our potential then we’re a tough side to beat. We are not thinking about winning one cup or four cups. It’s a cliché but we’re just looking to win our next game.”

The club is flourishing from head to toe at present, with success flowing through all ranks.

While the senior side’s dominance intensifies, the young guns are also firing.

Bryce Johnson, 14, smashed 120 at the weekend while Qasim Shah continues to impress.

And Brown has identified the presence of certain individuals as a contributing factor to such growth.

“Jonny Clare was back to his best at the weekend following injury and he hit a fantastic 100,” he said.

“My brother has been ultra consistent and he’s the second highest run-scorer in the league now.

“Having these players around, with Vishal Tripathi and Chris Holt too, has helped.

“Overall we are more consistent now. They’ll be learning all the time because there’s more professionalism to how we do things.

“They are important individuals to have around the club. The club is in a great spot and it helps having these players available. They’ve dragged the standard up significantly.”

Meanwhile, Lowerhouse return to the scene of their weekend defeat tomorrow when they face Enfield at Dill Hall Lane in the Worsley Cup.

They’ll then host Church in the league on Sunday.