Burnley captain Steve Brunt replaced

REPLACED: Steve Brunt
REPLACED: Steve Brunt

IT’S all change at Burnley Cricket Club as Steve Brunt’s tenure as captain has come to an end.

Brunt has spent the last three-and-a-half seasons skippering the senior side at Turf Moor, with an eighth place finish and 162 points his best success in the Lancashire League in 2009.

But the club has made the decision to replace Brunt with Bharat Tripathi. The 22-year-old established a new amateur bowling record in 2009 with 76 wickets, surpassing Trevor Jones’ record of 72 from 1979. In achieving the record Tripathi took the same number of wickets that campaign as the league’s two leading professionals in Colne’s Anwar Ali and Enfield’s Gary Brent. He joined Liverpool as professional for a season before returning to his roots.

“I would like to place on record a thanks to everyone at Burnley Cricket Club for the chance to captain such a great club over the last three-and-a-half seasons,” said Brunt. “I am disappointed to have lost the captaincy but wish Bharat success for the rest of the season. I am confident the club is in a stronger position than when I started with the development of so many youngsters coming through all teams.”

Tripathi’s first task will be to maintain Burnley’s good form on home soil. Burnley had won three consecutive games at Turf Moor until basement side Rawtenstall earned a surprise, narrow victory at the weekend. They entertain mid-table Haslingden tomorrow before facing Colne in the mini-derby at the Horsfield on Sunday.

Elsewhere, champions Lowerhouse will be looking to keep their title charge on track over the forthcoming double-header weekend.

The West Enders, whose unbeaten start to the 2012 campaign has helped forge a 25-point lead at the top, host Bacup today before travelling to Seedhill on Sunday for the mini-derby against Nelson.

In the Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale Cricket League both Read and Padiham will be hoping to survive another whitewash.

The two sides are chasing top spot and fourth place respectively but the incessant rainfall recently hasn’t helped their cause. Read’s match at home to Ribblesdale Wanderers and Padiham’s clash away at Great Harwood, along with the rest of the division’s fixtures, were abandoned at the weekend.

Kyle O’Connor’s side and John Bushell’s Arbories outfit have both endured four abandonments to date though Great Harwood have suffered as many as eight.

Read travel to New Lane today to face Oswaldtwistle Immanuel while Cherry Tree play host to Padiham at Preston Old Road.