Champions suffer first league defeat of season

Vishal Tripathi hit 140 not out against Church on Saturday
Vishal Tripathi hit 140 not out against Church on Saturday

Lancashire League champions made it two wins from two games on Saturday – only to suffer the first league defeat of their title defence on Sunday.

On Saturday, Vishal Tripathi hit a superb 140 not out as Burnley hammered Church by eight wickets at MyProtein Turf Moor.

But the following day, two weeks after defeat in the Ron Singleton Colne Trophy, Enfield recorded their second win of the season over Bharat Tripathi’s men at Dill Hall Lane, winning by 92 runs.

Enfield won the toss and decided to bat, totalling 189-9 in their 50 overs.

Tom Lawson and Jhangir Liaqat took a wicket apiece as Enfield were reduced to 7-2.

Lewis Wright (34) and sub professional Alviro Petersen (23) put on 62 for the third wicket to steady matters, before a half century from Adam Bracewell, who hit 53 from 62 deliveries, with seven fours and two sixes.

Joe Wrigley added 27 from 18 balls, including three sixes), while captaiin skipper Tiarnan Hamill chipped in with 26 as Enfield closed on 189-9.

Liaqat (2-43) and professional Chris Holt (2-67) both claimed two wickets apiece.

Vishal Tripathi and Holt put on 36 for the first wicket, but once Holt was out for 12, Tripathi found little support before being eighth man out for 46 at 82.

Only Liaqat (11 not out) could reach double figures, as Burnley were dismissed for 97 in 33.2 overs.

Liam Jackson took 4-34 and Wright 3-14.

The previous day, Vishal Tripathi was again the standout Burnley performer with the bat as he hit an unbeaten 140 against Church.

His belligerent knock came from just 122 balls, including nine sixes and 10 fours, as brother Bharat’s men chased down Church’s 202 with over 14 overs remaining.

Church won the toss and decided to bat, and openers Zain Abbas and Josh Scully (19) put on 93 for the first wicket, before Levi Wolfenden made 26 in a second wicket partnership worth 48 with Abbas.

The Church professional went for 76, hitting 11 fours, and Bilal Abbas added 40 before being last man out as Church collapsed from 192-4 to 202 all out.

Holt took 5-56 – including three wickets in four balls , all leg before, and Bharat Tripathi finished with 4-49.

Vishal Tripathi and Holt put (42) on 83 for the first wicket, and then 95 with David Brown (19).

Tripathi moved past 5,000 league runs in the process.

Burnley are at Ramsbottom on Saturday, before they host Colne in the first mini-derby of the season on Sunday.