Burnley cricketers lose thriller

ACTION: Burnley professional Adnan Rasool in action against Rawtenstall.

ACTION: Burnley professional Adnan Rasool in action against Rawtenstall.

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ON Sunday Burnley entertained Rawtenstall on another wet weekend but with the dedication from the groundsman and helpers the 40-over game started just after 2 p.m.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on a green but surprisingly firm wicket and got off to a flying start at 60 off 10 overs. This was mainly due to Rawtenstall captain Vinny Hanson who hit a run a ball 41 and took the attack to opener bowlers Cole Hayman and professional Adnan Rasool.

It was only when Bharat Tripathi came on and took the wicket of Hanson that the brakes were applied. The pressure from the home side was applied and at 20 overs, halfway through the innings, they were at 120-2. The innings changed when Gus Whitehead ran out the pro Jandre Coetzee and then the wickets tumbled.

The visitors lost eight wickets for 15 runs to be all out for 146 with Rasool 6-57 and Tripathi 3-23.

In reply Burnley got off to the worst start losing early wickets and at 27-4 were in real trouble. It was only Tripathi (52) who held firm and had support from Rasool (19) but at 91-6 there was still 55 needed in the last 14 overs. Josh Whitehead came in and put on 24 until Tripathi was adjudged run out to leave the home side up against it.

With 30 required off the last five overs Gus Whitehead joined his brothe and in an entertaining partnership got to with in 10 until Josh Whitead was given out LBW for 19.

With 10 required off the last over Hayman and Gus Whitehead (eight not out) just came up short to lose by two runs in an entertaining game which gave the home side 7 points.

Burnley entertain Haslingden on Saturday followed by a trip to Colne on Sunday.