Burnley claim bragging rights to go clear at top

Chris Holt for Burnley in their game against Lowerhouse
Chris Holt for Burnley in their game against Lowerhouse

Burnley took bragging rights in the town derby against Lowerhouse after a devastating 100 run win over the champions at The MyProtein Turf Moor.

Due to early worries over the match day wicket, start of play finally began at 2-25pm in a 38 over game. Visiting skipper Charlie Cottam won the toss and asked Burnley to bat first.

Jordan Corbus-Pienaar for Lowerhouse in their game against Burnley

Jordan Corbus-Pienaar for Lowerhouse in their game against Burnley

Openers Vishal Tripathi and professional Chris Holt got the home side off to a good start with both players batting with positive content on a challenging pitch.

Fergus Bailey made the important breakthrough getting Holt caught at mid on for 25 and bowling Tripathi soon after for 18. He then picked up the scalp of Jon Clare when he missed time a drive to Cobus Pienaar for 2 leaving the home side shaking on 47-3.

Burnley needed a hero and they got one in the shape of David Brown. He joined forces with Chris Burton and both players slowly deflated the Lowerhouse attack with some classy shots in a partnership of 72.

Burton was bowled by Pienaar to a ball that kept slightly low for a gritty 25. However, Brown stayed strong at the other end. After reaching his 50, the former Glamorgan and Gloucestershire player began to open up his shoulders and struck some spectacular blows including a towering six off Fergus Bailey on to the David Fishwick stand.

Chris Holt for Burnley in their game against Lowerhouse

Chris Holt for Burnley in their game against Lowerhouse

Brown finished unbeaten on 93 off just 77 balls in an innings which included nine fours and four sixes, helping his side to a competitive 172.

Lowerhouse got off to a bad start when opener Jonny Whitehead was bowled by Cole Hayman for 1.

He was followed by Joe Martin who was LBW to Clare for 6. Jangir Liaqat took the important wicket off Pienaar when he was caught behind for 8.

The introduction of Holt proved to be the nail in the coffin for the visiting side. The left arm spinner proved too hot to handle finishing on figures 5-26 of 10.5 overs.

Vishal Tripathi for Burnley in their game against Lowerhouse

Vishal Tripathi for Burnley in their game against Lowerhouse

Paddy Martin offered some resistance but he was eventually caught behind for a battling 15.

With Lowerhouse veteran Chris Bleazard not being able to bat due to an ankle injury he picked up while fielding it meant Burnley bowled out the visitors for 72 confirming a massive 100 run victory.

Burnley’s maximum points now sits them 13 points clear at the top of the table of the Lancashire League.

Burnley travel to Nelson on Sunday while Lowerhouse entertain bottom of the table Colne at The Neville Gee (Recruitment) Cricket Ground.

Matt Walker for Lowerhouse in their game against Burnley

Matt Walker for Lowerhouse in their game against Burnley

○ Lowerhouse had more success in the Moorhouses Brewery 20/20 Competition defeating in dramatic fashion at The Neville Gee.

Lowerhouse professional Cobus Pienaar took 4-10 with his opposite number Usman Tariq making 30 and Sam Holt 26 in Church’s 106 all out.

Jack Gaskill took 4-25 and Ali Sartaj 2-6 to send Lowerhouse into the last over needing 11 to win.

Lewis Marsden (10 not out) and Fergus Bailey (9 not out) saw last year’s runners-up home off the final ball of Levi Wolfenden’s over.

Matt Walker top scored with 37.

Lowerhouse do not play again in the Pride of Pendle Group until Friday, June 12th, when they take on Haslingden at Bentgate.

Burnley had the weekend off but are back in action this Friday when they take on Nelson, also in the Pride of Pendle Group, at Seedhill.