Burnley in touching distance of the title

Vishal Tripathi for Burnley in their game against Lowerhouse
Vishal Tripathi for Burnley in their game against Lowerhouse

Burnley can potentially usurp rivals Lowerhouse as Lancashire League champions on the West Enders’ own patch after the table toppers opened up a 29-point advantage at the summit.

The pair meet at the Neville Gee (Recruitment) Ground on Sunday and, depending on the outcome of Saturday’s fixtures, could seal the title with victory at Liverpool Road.

The 2006 champions, in the hunt for an unprecedented treble, accumulated 15 points from a rain affected weekend.

Bharat Tripathi’s side opened with a comprehensive 159-run win over Colne at Turf Moor to take maximum points but had to settle for a ‘no result’ against Nelson having set a 234-5 total.

But that still gave them the edge after rivals Ramsbottom, whose game with Haslingden on Sunday was wiped out by the weather, were beaten by 61 runs against East Lancs at Alexandra Meadows.

Half centuries from professional Chris Holt and David Brown put the hosts in command in Saturday’s mini-derby as they ended the innings on 269-8.

The paid man contributed with a knock of 62 from 58 balls which included four fours and an identical number of sixes as he passed 500 runs for the season.

Brown hit 60 from 70 deliveries with seven fours and two sixes in addition to opening batsman Vishal Tripathi’s 48.

John Lambert took 4-65 for Colne as he looked to stunt the home side’s progression.

But an unbeaten 18 from Cole Hayman in addition to 17 from Michael Kelly and 12 from captain Tripathi put the game beyond their opponents.

In reply, Holt took 5-50 and Tom Lawson added a senior best 3-13 to dismiss Colne for 110.

Sub professional Joe Hawke made 20, skipper Matt Walker 14 and Lambert and Andy Hakin 12 apiece.

Meanwhile, Vishal Tripathi etched his name in to the record books by passing four figures for the season in making 110 against Nelson.

The 27-year-old fired his third ton of the campaign when smashing 11 fours and three sixes to pass 1,000 runs.

The elder Tripathi sibling now needs just 12 runs to pass Jon Harvey’s 20-year-old Burnley amateur record of 1,014 runs.

Chris Burton also made 29 before the washout, Pickup added 19, Holt reached 16 while Steve Brunt and Kelly ended with unbeaten knocks of 13 and 12 respectively.

Rain prevented Nelson from mounting a response.

Weekend fixtures: Saturday - Burnley v Haslingden. Sunday - Lowerhouse v Burnley.