Burnley extend lead at top in quick time

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Burnley extended their lead at the top of the Lancashire League to 22 points after a 10-wicket win against Haslingden on Sunday.

A wet outfield meant a delayed start, and play finally got under way at 2-30pm in a 37-over game.

Skipper Bharat Tripathi won the toss and did not hesitate to ask Haslingden to bat first on a bowler-friendly wicket.

Opening bowlers Cole Hayman and Tom Lawson applied early pressure with some accurate bowling, and restricted the home side to 24-0 off eight overs.

However, the introduction of spin twins Chris Holt and Tripathi proved to be the real game-changer.

Holt made an immediate impact and picked up the wicket of opener Sipocz for four in his first over.

Tripathi at the other end managed to get professional Burton De Wett caught at mid off a few overs later, and had Haslingden struggling on 43-2 after 16 overs.

The only resistance and notable score came from Graham Knowles, but he was eventually caught by David Brown off the bowling of Tripathi for a gritty 29.

Wickets from there on in fell at regular intervals as the Haslingden batters couldn’t come to terms with both left arm spinners.

Holt took the final wicket to bowl the home side out for 91 inside 35 overs.

Both Holt and Tripathi finished with figures of 5-25 and 5-37 respectively.

Burnley made light work chasing down 92.

It took just 16 overs for openers Vishal Tripathi and Holt to reach their target to confirm a comfortable 10 wicket win for the Lancashire League leaders.

Tripathi hit seven fours and two sixes in his 57 not out and Holt hit three fours and a six in his 26 not out.

With Saturday’s Worsley Cup tie at home to Ramsbottom being abandoned, both sides will face off this Saturday at MyProtein.com Turf Moor.

Burnley will then travel to Todmorden in the league on the Sunday.