Burnley hopeful of closing the gap on local rivals Lowerhouse

Bharat Tripathi, pictured bowling against Lowerhouse, is hoping to close the gap on Burnley's derby rivals
Bharat Tripathi, pictured bowling against Lowerhouse, is hoping to close the gap on Burnley's derby rivals

Another double-header weekend in the Fosters Lancashire League provides Burnley with another opportunity to close the gap on Lowerhouse.

While the title race looks all but over for the West Enders, with Accrington storming in to a 40-point advantage with nine games remaining, Bharat Tripathi’s men remain well in the hunt for a top four finish which they haven’t achieved since 2007.

The Turf Moor side had climbed the table after embarking on a five-game winning stretch, but that ended with a five-wicket loss at home to Enfield on Saturday.

However, they have the opportunity to avenge that loss at Dill Hall Lane tomorrow as they go head-to-head with Adam Bracewell’s squad once more.

Burnley currently trail third place Enfield by 15 points and rivals ‘House by 22 points.

Tripathi will then walk his side out on home soil against Bacup 24 hours later with the match commencing at 1 p.m.

Meanwhile Lowerhouse will also undertake a reverse of last weekend’s fixtures which saw them lose to Haslingden at the Neville Gee Recruitment Ground before beating Rawtenstall at The Worswick Memorial Ground.

Charlie Cottam’s side will therefore take on Haslingden at Bent Gate tomorrow before welcoming Vinny Hanson’s men to Liverpool Road on Sunday, start 1 p.m.

Elsewhere, in the Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale Cricket League, Read travel to Victory Park to lock horns with 2012 champions Barnoldswick.

“We’re determined to pick up some pride and go unbeaten in our remaining games,” said skipper Kyle O’Connor. “It’s a privilege playing for Read. The club has been doing well for a decade and we’re eager to extend that. We need to pull together and perform.”

Meanwhile, basement side Padiham host Whalley at the Arbories with a 1-30 p.m. start.