Burnley stay top despite suffering first league loss

Cole Hayman took five wickets for Burnley in their LCB Cup win over Irlam on Saturday
Cole Hayman took five wickets for Burnley in their LCB Cup win over Irlam on Saturday

Lancashire League leaders Burnley suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday, going down to Rawtenstall by 58 runs.

Home side Burnley lost the toss and bowled first.

Opening batsmen Joe Mckluskie and Dean Barlow (29) got the visitors off to a good start, putting on 61 for the first wicket.

It took until the 11th over for Burnley to make a breakthrough, with the dangerous Mckluskie falling to Jhangir Liaqat.

Burnley began to apply some pressure with the ball and slowed down the visitors run rate remarkably.

Tom Lawson came on and made an immediate impact after getting Sam Kershaw brilliantly caught by a diving Jon Clare at short cover.

Rawtenstall paid man Brett Pelser batted with control and got the visitors’ score ticking over.

However, wickets fell at the other end and Pelser was eventually caught at long on by David Brown to his opposite number Chris Holt.

Holt bowled economically and finished with 4-44 off 16 overs. He was backed up by Cole Hayman with 3-46 as Rawtenstall were bowled out for 179, with the last four wickets falling without a run.

The home side got off to a bad start after opening bowler Rizwan Shafiq bowled Vishal Tripathi in the first over for no score, and saw off David Brown shortly after for 11.

Clare and professional Holt managed to revive Burnley with both batters batting patiently and moving the score to 81-2.

However, off-spinner Imran Abid made the important breakthrough for the visitors when he got Clare caught behind for 19.

A determined Holt shortly followed when he was caught at slip by the bowling of Keith Roscoe for 34. From there on in, wickets fell at regular intervals with the home side going from 81-3 to 121 all out. Vice skipper Dan Pickup offered some hope for Burnley, but he was eventually bowled by Abid for 24.

Abid finished a devastating spell with 5-34 and Roscoe 3-14 to help their side achieve a 58-run win. Despite the loss, Burnley are still top of the league by one point.

On Saturday, Burnley progressed in to the second round of the LCB Cup after convincingly beating Irlam by nine wickets.

Burnley lost the toss and bowled first on seamer friendly wicket. Opening bowlers Hayman and Lawson bowled with pace and accuracy, with both players picking up early wickets.

Hayman was the standout bowler, finishing with figures of 5-26 off his six overs.

Lawson, Kelly and Scott all chipped in with wickets to help bowl Irlam out for 91.

It took just 11 overs to knock off 91 for the loss of one wicket. Tripathi finished unbeaten on 60.

Burnley are at Rishton on Saturday in the league.