Burnley progressed to the second round of the LCB Knockout Cup on Bank Holiday Monday after easing past Adlington CC.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Burnley got off to a bright start with Dan Pickup (30) and Chris Burton (10) putting on 29 for the first wicket.
This soon became 59-3 with the loss of captain Bharat Tripathi to the visiting professional Manjit Majeed who only went for 12 in his allocated nine over spell.
Burnley professional Chris Holt held the innings together with a score of 80 off 102 balls and was ably assisted by Matt Tomlinson who batted very sensibly for 27 in a partnership of 73 to end with a competitive score of 182.
In reply Graham Lalor (2-21) off five overs and Tripathi (2-8), also from five overs, restricted the visitors to 29-4 off the first 10 over power play which included the wicket of Majeed to a steepling catch by Johnny O’Brien after he had hit two massive sixes off Lalor.
The home side were always in control and this continued with O’Brien (2-35 off nine) and Holt keeping tight control on a turning track with some very good catching throughtout.
The innings culminated with Jehangir Liaqat taking two wickets and the underused Pickup picking up the last wicket to complete a comprehensive 77 run win.
Elsewhere, Lowerhouse beat Heyside in their first round tie at the Neville Gee (Recruitment) Ground.
Heyside were 127 all out with Bloor making 68. West End professional Cobus Pienaar, Matt Walker and Joe Hawke all took three wickets apiece.
Walker then hit an unbeaten 49 and Pienaar an unbeaten 35 as Lowerhouse cantered home by seven wickets.
Burnley will now play Maghull CC in the second round of the competition while ‘House will travel to the victors of Saddleworth and Westhoughton CC.
Meanwhile, Burnley take on Nelson in the mini-derby at Turf Moor on Sunday while Lowerhouse travel to the Horsfield to face Colne. Both games start at 1 p.m.