Burnley slip to foot of league table

Burnley's Cole Hayman in action against Colne on Sunday
Burnley's Cole Hayman in action against Colne on Sunday

BURNLEY have sunk to the bottom of the Lancashire Cricket League just three games in to the season.

Steve Brunt’s side were thrashed by champions Ramsbottom on Saturday in the first fixture of a hectic double-header Bank Holiday weekend.

The Acre Bottom outfit extended their record-breaking winning streak to 17 as they stormed to a 106 run victory. Eight Burnley bowlers were employed as the home side searched for a break-through, with only sub-professional Riaz Kali finding any success taking 3-59 off 14 overs.

Jamie Pilling top scored with 97, adding 91 with fellow opener Keith Webb (33) and 112 with professional Shanan Stewart who made 88. David Bell was unbeaten on 30 as the champions finished on 275-3. Dale Gabriel took a career best 6-37 as the home side closed on 169-8. Kali top scored with 45, Qasim Ali made 32 and skipper Steve Brunt 19.

And then the weekend turned from bad to worse as Colne took the mini-derby bragging rights with a 62 run success.

The Worsley Cup holders registered their first win of the campaign as the afternoon turned in to the Pieter Malan show at The Horsfield.

Colne’s sub-professional, from Barrow, made 112 including 12 fours and five sixes after openers Jeff Ellis (39) and Lewis Rimmer (33) had put on 80. Nathan Whitehead continued his habit of chipping in with useful scores adding 23 in the home side’s 258-5.

Tayyib Jamil then took 5-53 against his former club with Malan also doing some damage with 4-84 to restrict Burnley to 196 all out. Michael Kelly made 53 from 88 balls with six fours and a six and Aiden Tate hit 39 for the visitors who joined Nelson and Rishton in losing for the third time this season.