Burnley see off Lowerhouse to reach the Worsley Cup Final

HOW'S THAT? Lowerhouse's Ben Heap survives an lbw appeal from Burnley's Graham Lalor in the resumed Worsley Cup semi-final at Turf Moor on Saturday
HOW'S THAT? Lowerhouse's Ben Heap survives an lbw appeal from Burnley's Graham Lalor in the resumed Worsley Cup semi-final at Turf Moor on Saturday

Burnley will face Haslingden in a repeat of the 1997 Worsley Cup Final after seeing off derby rivals Lowerhouse on Saturday at Turf Moor.

The semi-final was completed at the second attempt, with the hosts taking victory by 41 runs.

Last Saturday Burnley ended up with a competitive score of 208-8 off their 50 overs when the rain came, and it was left to Lowerhouse to chase down the target.

They started in a very cautious manner, with openers Johnny Whitehead and Ben Heap putting on 22, kept in check by Graham Lalor and Bharat Tripathi.

Lalor made the breakthrough when he bowled Whitehead 15.

This brought in Joe Martin, but the run rate stayed at two per over with tight bowling.

Quick bowler Cole Hayman took two wickets in his opening spell, bowling Heap and then bouncing out professional Francois Haasbroek, who could only fend to slip, where Dan Pickup took a comfortable catch.

The visitors were up against it at the half way stage at 51-3.

After drinks, former Lowerhouse man James Capstick was introduced, and immediately took the wicket of in-form Paddy Martin, who edged behind to Chris Burton.

The rebuilding job was started by skipper Charlie Cottam (19), who added much-needed impetus in a 44-run partnership with Martin, until he became another victim of Burton off the bowling of Burnley professional Adnan Rasool.

This brought key man Chris Bleazard to the crease, and, needing eight an over in the last 13 overs, the pressure was starting to build.

Bleazard started to look dangerous and had moved to 32 off 31 balls, but went for one too many big shots and skied a high catch to Rasool.

With the run rate increasing all the time the visitors kept losing wickets as the impressive Hayman (4-29 off nine) taking a further two wickets, bowling Joe Hawke (4) and having Matt Walker (5) caught by Burton.

In desperation Martin ran himself out for a well-composed 47 but it was left to skipper Tripathi (2-25 off eight) to take the final wicket.

Burnley will now entertain Haslingden in the final on August 11th, and the week before the second XI visit Nelson in the junior cup final.

Sunday saw Burnley return to league action against Rawtenstall at the Worwick Memorial Ground. Tripathi’s men batted first and soon got into their stride despite the early loss of Pickup at 15. It was left to inform Qasim Ali (50) and Burton (40) to take the score to 88-1 off 20 overs.

The slow bowlers put the breaks on with the experienced Keith Roscoe taking another five wicket haul for 36 off 17 overs as the middle order succumbed. Rasool scored a hard hitting 33 and Hayman weighed in with an unbeaten 20 at the end to score 181-8.

In reply Rawtenstall got off to a flying start with 24 off the first two overs but Lalor (2-33 from eight overs) got the early breakthrough and the pressure was applied. Rasool came on and immediately caused problems, taking 4-41 off 14 overs and it was only visiting professional Brett Pelser who held the home sides innings with 41. However, Tripathi extinguished that threat when taking a return catch to end with 2-3 off four overs before Hayman claimed a further two wickets to dismiss the home side for 134 all out and cement a 48-run win.

Next week sees a dress rehearsal for the Worsley cup final with Haslingden visiting Turf Moor on Saturday before Burnley entertain Colne on Sunday.

Elsewhere, ‘House suffered a major hangover from their cup loss 24 hours earlier as they lost against Church on home soil.

With Ramsbottom beating leaders Accrington it was a great chance to get back in to the title race.

After a slow start Joe Martin and Haasbroek put together a 164-run partnership, with the paid man sealing successive league centuries.

The innings threatened to fall flat but Chris Bleazard played a trademark cameo of 35 which including three consecutive sixes.

However, Church successfully chased down a 242 total with a spirited performance to inflict further misery on the West Enders.