Burnley seconds beat weather to reacah cricket cup final

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Burnley 2nds muscled their way into the junior cup final after a win over Rishton.

A cold and breezy but fine day at Rishton on Sunday saw the only cup game reach a conclusion.

Winning the toss, second string skipper Andy Lamb invited Rishton to bat and despite two early wickets from opening bowler Josh Whitehead Rishton made steady progress scoring four an over.

Rishton’s innings finished on a highly competitive 194 all out having failed to bat for four of their 50 overs.

Pick of the Burnley bowlers was Whitehead who finished with impressive figures of 5 for 16.

The weather held and Burnley opened with Whitehead and Tesh Desai. The latter was dismissed though to a wonder catch with the score on 23.

Sixteen-year-old Matt Lamb then joined Whitehead at the crease and a terrific stand of 85 soon followed.

Rain threatened to halt progress but the shower blew over and play resumed.

Lamb was bowled on 30 and Aiden Tate marched onto the square.

A further match-winning partnership of 90 only ended when Whitehead snicked off to the keeper for a career best century of 120.

With only one run needed to win Paul Mortimer had to make the long walk to the middle to see Tate play a cultured late cut to seal the victory.

Burnley will now have to wait until the semi-final between Nelson and Haslingden 2nds is played to learn who they will meet come the final on August 3rd.

Veteran skipper Andy Lamb said: “The final will be special but next week we’re back in business in the league and I want to build on this run of four consecutive wins.”