Burnley eye hat-trick after cup derby victory

Anthony Farran 12.07.2015 Lowerhouse CC v Burnley CC, Worsley Cup semi-final played at Lowerhouse CC, Pictured; Burnley Bowler Chris Holt and Lowerhouse Batter Charlie Cottam.
Anthony Farran 12.07.2015 Lowerhouse CC v Burnley CC, Worsley Cup semi-final played at Lowerhouse CC, Pictured; Burnley Bowler Chris Holt and Lowerhouse Batter Charlie Cottam.

Burnley are just one game away from altering the Lancashire League record books after reaching the Fosters Worsley Cup final.

Nelson will stand in the way of Bharat Tripathi’s side at Seedhill on Sunday, August 9th, as they bid for a historic second defence of their prized title.

Anthony Farran 12.07.2015 Lowerhouse CC v Burnley CC, Worsley Cup semi-final played at Lowerhouse CC, Pictured; Burnley Bowler Tom Lawson and Lowerhouse Batter Corbis Pienaar.

Anthony Farran 12.07.2015 Lowerhouse CC v Burnley CC, Worsley Cup semi-final played at Lowerhouse CC, Pictured; Burnley Bowler Tom Lawson and Lowerhouse Batter Corbis Pienaar.

Burnley won through to their 17th finale in the competition with a seven wicket win over Lowerhouse - the fourth time they’ve beaten their rivals this term.

The home side, who had previously lost out in the Ron Singleton Trophy, the Twenty20 and the league, made 180-7 at the Neville Gee (Recruitment) Ground.

Fergus Bailey and Jonny Whitehead put on 29 before the latter was bowled by Jon Clare on nine.

Skipper Charlie Cottam partnered Bailey and they made 16 before the opening batsman was clean bowled by Cole Hayman in exquisite style with the score on 45.

Anthony Farran 12.07.2015 Lowerhouse CC v Burnley CC, Worsley Cup semi-final played at Lowerhouse CC, Pictured; Lowerhouse Batter Matt Walker, Burnley Bowler Chris Holt and Wicket Keeper Chris Burton.

Anthony Farran 12.07.2015 Lowerhouse CC v Burnley CC, Worsley Cup semi-final played at Lowerhouse CC, Pictured; Lowerhouse Batter Matt Walker, Burnley Bowler Chris Holt and Wicket Keeper Chris Burton.

Cottam’s innings was ended by Chris Holt from his first ball while professional Cobus Pienaar made 28.

Steve Brunt held firm to oust Lewis Marsden from Holt’s delivery in the next action while Hayman had Paddy Martin caught behind by Chris Burton for six.

Matt Walker’s innings were halted on 29 as he was run out by Michael Brown, though an unbeaten knock of 31 by Chris Bleazard helped push the West Enders’ score in the right direction.

In reply, Holt and the elder Tripathi sibling, Vishal, put on 33 before the visiting professional was bowled by Walker with 26 runs to his name.

Tripathi added 59 with David Brown before falling victim to Dominic Stuart for 28. Clare made just seven in a stand of 28 with Brown before Pienaar struck. However, Brown went on to make an unbeaten 91 with 15 fours and a six from facing 84 balls. Chris Burton also survived the innings in making 19 as Burnley qualified.

Meanwhile, Burnley will face Blonde Witch group winners Enfield in the semi-final of the Twenty20 competition at Dill Hall Lane on Friday after beating Bacup by seven wickets.

Jhangir Liaqat claimed a hat-trick in the fixture at Turf Moor to limit the visitors to 93 before David Brown (39), Burton (25 not out) and Brunt (22 not out) helped Burnley qualify.

Meanwhile, Lowerhouse topped the Pride of Pendle Group with a nine wicket win over Colne to seal a semi-final tie with Rawtenstall at Liverpool Road.