Burnley go 11 points clear at top – and progress in cup

Vishal Tripathi hit 111 as Burnley crushed Haslingden in the Worsley Cup on Sunday at Bentgate
Vishal Tripathi hit 111 as Burnley crushed Haslingden in the Worsley Cup on Sunday at Bentgate

Burnley extended their lead at the top of the Fosters Lancashire League to 11 points on Saturday – and started their search for a third-successive Worsley Cup win in style on Sunday.

Lowerhouse’s game at Rishton was rained off, and, with Ramsbottom going down to a seven-run defeat against Rawtenstall, an eight-wicket win over East Lancashire at MyProtein Turf Moor increased Burnley’s advantage at the head of the table.

For the locals, it was a fifth win from five completed league games, in what has been a hugely impresive start to the campaign.

Play was not possible until 4 p.m. – three hours after the scheduled start – with the game reduced to a 25-over thrash.

Stand-in skipper Dan Pickup won the toss and inserted East Lancs.

And the Blackburn visitors were restricted to 110-8, as Jhangir Liaqat took 3-29 and Cole Hayman 3-23.

Professional Chris Holt chipped in with 2-36, both wickets to terrific catches from Tom Lawson at long off.

Mo Bhada top scored with 36 for East Lancs, with only Minhaj Bhada (10), Paul Kelly (13) and John Turner (12) joining him in double figures.

Vishal Tripathi went for 10 at 23 in reply, caught behind off Shahrukh Khan, but Holt (36) and David Brown took the hosts to the brink of victory when Holt was bowled by Danny Chester at 99.

Brown finished on 41 not out from 46 balls, including five fours and two sixes, as Burnley eased home with 11 balls to spare.

The following day, Vishal Tripathi hit 111 and Liaqat took 6-25 as Burnley beat Haslingden by a whopping 194 runs.

Burnley racked up after being put into bat by the hosts, with opener Tripathi’s including seven fours and four sixes.

He shared 69 for the first wicket with paid man Holt (26) and 72 for the second with Brown, who crashed 52 off just 57 balls, with six fours and two sixes.

Pickup added an unbeaten 59, with contributions from Chris Burton (15) and Jon Clare (12).

Matt Griffin took 2-49 for Haslingden, before hitting 40 of the home side’s all out 94.

Liaqat was in terrific form with the ball, taking six wickets, with Holt adding 2-26.

Michael Kelly and Graham Lalor took the other wickets to fall.

Burnley are at home to Rawtenstall on Sunday in league action.