Champions clock up 20th triumph

Photo: David Hurst'Worsley Cup Final between Nelson CC V Burnley CC at Nelson Cricket Club.'Nelson don't allow Burnley's David Brown much room
Photo: David Hurst'Worsley Cup Final between Nelson CC V Burnley CC at Nelson Cricket Club.'Nelson don't allow Burnley's David Brown much room

New Lancashire League champions Burnley rustled up their 20th win of the campaign at the expense of Bacup.

Bharat Tripathi’s side, who also own the Ron Singleton Trophy, the Twenty20 silverware and the Worsley Cup, left Lanehead with a 126-run win.

David Brown hit an unbeaten 73 to move to within 42 runs of reaching the 1,000 mark in the league as Burnley made 235-4. Brown, who is 57 runs shy of joining team mate Vishal Tripathi in surpassing Jon Harvey’s amateur batting record, added 117 for the second wicket with professional Chris Holt.

The elder Tripathi sibling had opened with 13 before being removed with the score at 38. Holt made 65 with seven fours and a six while Michael Kelly (17) and Dan Pickup (22) also impacted.

In the reply, Holt took 4-52, Jhangir Liaqat 3-15 and captain Tripathi added 2-15 to send Bacup packing for 109.

Professional Haseeb Azam top scored with 46 before being well caught on the boundary by Josh Broadhurst who was making his senior debut. Matt Collinge (11) and Peter Killelea (10) were the only other Bacup players in double figures.

The champions will be presented with their trophy on Sunday when they host Todmorden at Turf Moor.

“David Brown started like a house on fire and he scored loads of runs,” said Vishal Tripathi. “We talked about hitting 1,000 runs and pushing for Jon’s record.

“I hope David goes on to achieve it now. It would be superb for two batsmen to do it in a year and I don’t think that would happen again.”