Burnley and Lowerhouse make positive start

Lowerhouse's Chris Bleazard hits a four in Saturday's Colne Trophy defeat at Burnley in the seasonal curtain-raiser
Lowerhouse's Chris Bleazard hits a four in Saturday's Colne Trophy defeat at Burnley in the seasonal curtain-raiser

Burnley Cricket Club captain Bharat Tripathi has signalled the importance of his side’s fruitful start to the new campaign.

Last year, with their Worsley Cup outings an exception, the club had reached double figures in terms of games played before registering their first success of the season. At the 10th attempt, they beat Todmorden by seven wickets on home soil.

However, Tripathi’s men wasted no time in getting off the mark in 2015. The club landed the Ron Singleton Colne Trophy at the expense of rivals Lowerhouse before beating Bacup in the Lancashire League 24 hours later.

“We’re definitely in high spirits,” he said. “There was two near perfect performances topped off with two wins. It was a massive game for us against Lowerhouse and the fact that there was silverware up for grabs as well gave us an added incentive.

“We’ve started on the right note this season. It was a new day, a new game and new opposition against Bacup. Last season our first win came after 10 attempts so it was really important that we got off the mark as soon as possible”

He added: “There’s a nice vibe about the club, as you’d expect when you win a couple of games. The expectation is to win a third now. Expectations within the team are high but we’ll take it a game at a time.”

Meanwhile, Lowerhouse chairman Stan Heaton believes the club’s highly-regarded proteges will need to fulfil their potential if the West Enders are to defend their crown.

The West Enders, who lost the likes of Joey Hawke and Ben Heap in the winter, are vying for their fourth title in five seasons.

After beating East Lancs on the opening day, Heaton said: “We were obviously a little wary having lost players but I’ve got great faith in the lads coming in. Their task is to replace those runs and wickets that we’ve lost now.

“We were very pleased to get the win because everybody wants a good start. The lads got their opportunity and they stepped up.

“I’m very pleased for the likes of Fergus Bailey, Josh Lavin and Joe Martin. Ramsbottom and Burnley will be extremely difficult to beat this year so those lads have got to fulfil their potential if we’re to win it again. Any success we have will be reliant on that and on the pro (Cobus Pienaar) and Charlie Cottam scoring runs.”

Burnley host Enfield on Saturday and are at Church on Sunday, while Lowerhouse are at Ramsbottom tomorrow and host Accrington on Sunday.