Burnley looking to maintain their upward trajectory in the league

Injury doubt: Burnley's Graham Lalor is currently struggling with a heel injury
Injury doubt: Burnley's Graham Lalor is currently struggling with a heel injury

Burnley skipper Bharat Tripathi is hoping Sunday’s defeat to Nelson doesn’t throw his side out of their stride after a positive few weeks.

Before the 36-run defeat at Seedhill, Burnley beat Nelson in the previous Sunday’s Worsley Cup semi-final, as the holders earned an August date with Rawtenstall.

And in the league, the Turf Moor outfit had won their previous three games to start to climb away from the wrong end of the table.

Two of those wins came against their final opponents, but Tripathi doesn’t want the final to be a distraction as Burnley take on Bacup at home on Saturday, before entertaining Colne on Sunday.

He said: “The final can be a distraction, and maybe you can fall victim to that at times, but we need to turn our cup performances into league performances now.

“We’ve done so well in the cup, it doesn’t add up to our league position, although obviously we deserve to be where we are.

“We’ve done well in the last couple of weeks in the league, apart from Sunday, when we really should have chased down the target Nelson set.

“But generally we’ve started to pick up, and we need to treat the second half of the season as a separate entity.

“The final is only one game - there’s no point giving up the entire season for three or four cup games.

“There’s a lot to play for, as well as the cup final.”

Graham Lalor remains an injury concern with a sore heel, although x-rays have revealed there is no fracture.

Meanwhile, Lowerhouse’s treble bid is now a title challenge, as they followed up their Worsley Cup semi-final defeat at Rawtenstall, with a loss in front of a packed out Neville Gee Recruitment Ground in the 20/20 Final last Friday night.

However, Charlie Cottam’s men remain in control of their own destiny as they look for a third Lancashire League title in four seasons, and fourth in 10, since their first in 2005.

The West Enders are 12 points clear of Ramsbottom ahead of this weekend’s double header, as they travel to East Lancashire tomorrow, before a trip to neighbours Nelson on Sunday.

• Lowerhouse seconds continue to astound as they beat Bacup last weekend, despite having 13 senior players missing!

Lewis Marsden secured the bonus points in the nick of time as the rain began to fall.

Lowerhouse made 303-4, with a superb 108 from Phil Haggerty, and further knocks from Ollie Bayliff (81), Marsden (38), Rhys Woodworth (24) and Dec Stansfield (14 not out).

Bacup were 191 all out, with wickets for Marsden (4-21).

Jamie Woodall (3-70) and Joe Gray (2-43).

Lowerhouse thirds had five debutants and also beat Bacup, with maiden 50s for Harry Halstead (86 not out) and James Wheatcroft (85) 0 in only his second third team outing.

The West Enders made 218-9, and bowled Bacup out for 127 , thanks to Dec Stansfield (3-41), Wheatcroft (2-16) and Joe Gray (2-17).

The Under 15 Sharks took on Burnley, who made 118-7, as Ethan Laraway took 3-29 and Joseph Halstead 2-10.

Laraway hit 28 not out in reply to add to 14 from Drew Sandiford, 12 from Halstead and 11 from Tom Bridge , as the West Enders’ reply closed on 108-3.

Lowerhouse’s Under 13s Lions racked up 321-4 against Salesbury, who mustered 262-3. Max Dawson (33 not out), Yanis Chir (25 not out), Josh Moodie (19), Rowan Greenwood (17 not out), Kheiro Chir (17) and Sam Harrison (11) were among the runs.

The Under 13s Jaguars had an amazing performance against Enfield, who made 255-1 to Lowerhouse’s 258-1, with Aman Singh 13 not out.

And the Under 11s Koaas beat Longridge with runs from Jamie Simpson (15), Liberty Heap-Gibbons (15) and Thomas Holden (14 not out).