Burnley finally get up and running!

Michael Brown
Michael Brown

Burnley opened their account with a much needed win at fellow strugglers Rishton on Saturday, but they suffered a fourth defeat of the season the following day at home to Enfield.

Steve Brunt’s side won the toss and inserted the home side at Rishton, who eased to 79-1 after 15 overs.

But then the brakes were put on by James Capstick, who took 7-24 off 12 overs, and captain Brunt, who claimed 1-13 off seven overs - his wicket being professional Cameron Delport caught and bowled.

Burnley restricted the home side to 136-9 off their 50 overs, with the rest of the bowlers chipping in, with Paul Mortimer taking an early wicket and young Cole Hayman again impressing.

In reply, Burnley started well, progressing to 73 before the fall of the first wicket of the returning Michael Brown (pictured) for 29.

He was ably supported by Qasim Ali, who scored 40, and led to a seven-wicket victory.

On Sunday, Enfield arrived at Turf Moor and inserted Burnley, who slipped to 46-4, but the innings was anchored by Chris Burton (62), who was partnered by 16-year-old debutant Gus Whitehead, who scored a hard-hitting 40 in a partnership of 86.

Unfortunately both were out within an over, and it was left to Hayman (16) and Nas Iqbal (13 not out) to push the score to a respectable 175.

In response, the visitors knocked the required runs off with nine overs to go with sub pro Mohammed Aslam claiming 4-68 and Capstick 1-18, but unfortunately Burnley didn’t get the rub of the green on some umpiring decisions which proved crucial at the end.

Burnley travel to local rivals Lowerhouse on Sunday in the first derby of the season.