Burnley denied at death

Steve Brunt
Steve Brunt

BURNLEY enjoyed a successful weekend, picking up 21 points from their two games.

Saturday saw the visit of Bacup, with bad weather expected, and with most of the game was played in non stop drizzle.

But credit to both teams and umpires, the game was completed, even if both teams had to bowl with what resembled a bar of soap.

Burnley inserted the visitors, and they started well and were 84-1 before rain took the players off after 16 overs.

When the players resumed, Burnley got a vice-like grip on the middle overs, with professional Imad Wasim (3-55) and James Capstick (3-52) restricting the visitors.

Their innings was held together by Anthony Taylor, who top scored with 90 out of the total of 183.

Cole Hayman came back at the end and took three wickets to secure the two bowling bonus points.

In reply, with bad weather around, captain Steve Brunt was promoted to open the innings, and together with Qasim Ali (31) took the score to 58 off nine overs.

Brunt scored a season’s best of 60, and together with Chris Burton (21) and Wasim (24) secured the win by seven wickets.

The game on Sunday saw the visit of Rishton to Turf Moor, and ended in a cliff hanger of a game, including some very strange umpiring decisions.

Rishton won the toss and saw the visitors move to 67-1 until the brakes were applied by Capstick (0-47 off 20) and Wasim, with the outstanding figures of 8-40 off 20.

Once again Hayman took the last two wickets to get the bowling points.

Chasing 132, Burnley started well with Brunt (36) and Michael Kelly (24) taking the total to 58-1 in very difficult batting conditions, with the Rishton spinners gaining turn and bounce to keep them interested.

Wickets started to tumble, with only Burton keeping the middle order together, but the home side were reduced from 112-4 to 119-9 until Capstick hit nine to tie the scores.

However, a controversial lbw decision left the game tied at 132 apiece to give nine points each.

Burnley finish their season with a double header of Accrington and Church away next weekend.