Burnley’s recent revival comes to a halt

PICTURE: Qasim Ali hits out on his way to 95 against East Lancs
PICTURE: Qasim Ali hits out on his way to 95 against East Lancs

Burnley lost against East Lancashire on Sunday by seven wickets in a reversal of the game a fortnight ago.

Skipper Steve Brunt won the toss and elected to bat on a wet wicket, after the non-stop rain of the last week.

After a steady start, the hosts lost Josh Whitehead on 25 and made steady progress to 62-2 off 20 overs, with the innings being anchored by Qasim Ali, who made an outstanding 95.

Unfortunately, there was no one who could stay with Ali as Burnley lost regular wickets and were 120-6 with 12 overs left.

Brunt (26) played his part in a 52 partnership which led to a good score of 183-9.

In response, the visitors eased to victory, despite the efforts of Burnley professional Imad Wasim, who took 3-96 off 22 overs, and another good spell from Cole Hayman, but the home side were without much luck and lost with an over to go.

Next weekend Burnley travel to Haslingden on Saturday and then entertain Nelson on Sunday.