Cup holders Lowerhouse through to last eight - and Burnley join them there!

Lowerhouse's Ben Heap's bails are sent flying by Enfield's Hassan Fazal on Sunday

Lowerhouse's Ben Heap's bails are sent flying by Enfield's Hassan Fazal on Sunday

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Lowerhouse cruised to a 131-run victory over Enfield at the Neville Gee (Recruitment) Cricket Ground as they began their defence of the Worsley Cup on Sunday.

And Burnley joined them in the last eight as they registered a 13-run success at Lanehead against Bacup.

Both sides’ league games on Saturday - Lowerhouse at Bacup and Burnley at Haslingden - were rained off without a ball being bowled.

On Sunday, Lowerhouse’s match-up with four-times winners Enfield recalled the 2004 semi-final when the ‘House won a thrilling 600-plus run game.

The game started 45 minutes late because of a wet,barely fit outfield, with the home side winning the toss and taking first knock.

Jonny Whitehead and Ben Heap were parted at 25 when the latter’s luckless start to 2013 saw him bowled for 10.

Jack Edgar batted next and the two outstanding teenagers put on 101 for the second wicket. Whitehead’s 56 consisted of his usual array of classy shots.

Edgar had made 40 when he did a Captain Oates, sacrificing his wicket after a running mix-up with his professional Francois Haasbroek, who put the incident behind him and went on to make a commanding 79, being particularly destructive against the bowling of his counterpart and fellow South African Brad Moses.

Joe Hawke’s exceptional batting form continued with 47 not out, and with the profligate total of 47 extras, the ‘House innings ended on 304-7.

Enfield had a commendable attitude in chasing such a daunting, total and their batsmen adopted the ‘not to die wondering’ style. They certainly hit a high proportion of sixes in reaching 99-2 in only 18 overs, but when Fergus Bailey took an excellent catch to see off the dangerous Moses, the visitors’ challenge was effectively over.

It was actually over when top scorer Hamill was caught on the long-on boundary by Whitehead,leaving Enfield 131 runs short.

The wicket was the fifth for just 32 for Paddy Martin, and Lowerhouse can be proud of their exemplary outfielding, they gave away a mere four extras.

Lowerhouse host Nelson in the league on Sunday.

Burnley, meanwhile, travelled to Bacup for the first round of the Worsley Cup.

The locals won the toss on a very wet and green wicket and a sodden outfield, with play starting half an hour later at 1-30 p.m. They were soon in trouble, falling quickly to 11-3, with Steve Brunt, Chris Burton and Qasim Ali all back in the pavilion.

It was left to professional Adnan Rasool (23) and Dan Pickup (18) to rebuild the innings.

When Rasool fell, Burnley chairman Michael Brown came to the crease and scored a vital 36, until he was run out with a fantastic bit of fielding from Bacup.

Some late order resistance from Michael Kelly (19) and Josh Whitehead (19) saw Burnley set a competitive 155-9 off 50 overs.

The Bacup innings followed a similar path to Burnleys as they soon fell to 12-3, and after 20 overs were only 35-3, with Graham Lalor bowling 10 overs for 16 runs and Brunt 10 overs for 3-19.

A couple of partnerships built the score to 99-4 with 15 overs left, and the game was in the balance, but it was the introduction of Kelly who turned the match, as he spun his way to take 3-29 off eight overs, including the skipper Joe McCluskie, who hit a 56-ball 52 until he was stumped by Burton, who claimed three stumpings.

There was 21 needing off three overs, but James Capstick (1-42) and Kelly saw off the challenge to claim a win for Burnley.

Sunday sees Colne visit Turf Moor in the league.

The Worsley Cup Second Round draw. Ties to be played on Saturday, June 8th.

Rishton v Lowerhouse

Burnley v Ramsbottom

Nelson v Rawtenstall

Haslingden v Colne.

Second XI Cup draw.

East Lancs v Rishton

Lowerhouse v Burnley

Colne v Nelson

Rawtenstall v Haslingden or Todmorden.