Burnley sign off in defeat

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly

BURNLEY had a disappointing final weekend of the season, with two losses to end in 11th position.

But they have shown a lot of promise for the future, with a number of youngsters getting valuable league experience.

Saturday saw the visit to Accrington, and Burnley were put into bat on a wet wicket and got off to a flying start and were 77-1 off 11 overs and 105-1 from 20 overs.

Michael Kelly continued his fine recent form to score a run-a-ball 58, ably supported by Qasim Ali (31).

After this good start, Burnley collapsed to 158, where a target of 200 should have been achieved.

Only Chris Burton (13) and Gus Whitehead (11) got into double figures.

In reply, Accrington struggled to 54-5 with accurate bowling from James Capstick (4-42 off 15) and captain Steve Brunt (1-59 off 18).

But after the rain break at the 20-over mark, the Accrington middle order increased the scoring tempo, and even with the professional Imad Wasim with two wickets, couldn’t stop Accrington winning by three wickets.

Sunday saw the last game of the season, away to Church, where the hosts chose to bat and progressed well to 170-1 with professional Saeed Anwar and their captain Craig Fergusson both passing 50 and making full use of the very short boundary.

Earlier both youngsters Cole Hayman and Josh Whitehead (1-22) bowled well, but it was the introduction of Kelly who reduced the final total to 240. Kelly took 5-37 off 10 overs and was well supported by Capstick (4-64).

In reply, Burnley lost regular wickets and had professional Wasim (42) suffer a hamstring injury, resulting in him needing a runner and reducing his capacity to bat.

Burnley eventually fell short of the target on 170 with Brunt (47), Josh Whitehead (19) and Paul Mortimer (14 not out).