Holt’s ton steers Burnley into final

Burnley professionbal Chris Holt hit 103 from 138 balls against Enfield
Burnley professionbal Chris Holt hit 103 from 138 balls against Enfield

Burnley will go in search of a fourth-successive Worsley Cup success when they host Haslingden in this year’s final. at Turf Moor on Sunday, August 7th.

Bharat Tripathi’s side won through to the final with victory at home to Enfield on Sunday, in a rain-affected game.

Enfield captain Tiarnan Hamill won the toss and inserted Burnley, with the weather likely to play a part.

And the hosts totalled 209-7, with professional Chris Holt hitting 103 from 138 balls, including nine fours and three sixes.

Holt had opened with Vishal Tripathi, who fell for six at 12, with David Brown departing for seven at 39.

Daniel Pickup added 110 for the third wicket with Holt, scoring 48, while Jhangir Liaqat also hit an unbeaten 23.

Lewis Wright took 3-39 for Enfield.

Liaqat was instrumental in sealing victory, taking 4-17, as Enfield were all out in the 43rd over for 163.

The medium pacer claimed his first wicket in the first over, bowling Joe Wrigley for a duck.

Tom Lawson then removed Enfield professional Diego Rosier for five in the second over, to leave the Accrington side at 12-2.

Charlie Jackson fell to Liaqat at 35, but Adam Bracewell and Hamill put on 72 for the fourth wicket.

Bracewell hit four fours and a six in his 44 before Liaquat struck again, and seven runs later, Liaqat saw off Liam Bedford.

Vishal Tripathi then sent Hamill back for 37 with the score on 135, and he added the wickets of Wright and Liam Jackson in the same over, for figures of 3-24.

Holt then removed Chris Bowness and Simon O’Loughlin to end proceedings at 8-40 p.m., and earn a repeat of the 2013 final against Haslingden.

On Saturday, all Lancashire League games were rained off.

The only games to start were the mini derbies.

Burnley were at Colne, where the hosts made 161-7 in a 26 over match.

Danny Kegg hit 73 from 70 balls, including five fours and two sixes.

Professional Yaseen Vallie chipped in with 37, while skipper Matt Walker added 13 and Kenton Rhodes 11.

Bharat Tripathi took 3-34 and Holt took 2-37.

Burnley’s reply lasted only two deliveries before the weather got the upper hand.

Lowerhouse hosted Nelson, who were 110-5 when the rain brought their innings to a close after 22 overs.

Lowerhouse professional Dieter Klein took 3-28, seeing off paid man Ryan Bailey (1) and openers Lewis (25) and Russell Bradley (7).

The league’s top amateur wicket taker Paddy Martin took two more wickets for 34 for the season.

On Friday night, holders Burnley lost their 20/20 quarter-final with Todmorden by 56 runs, after professional Ashton Turner hit 101.

Burnley were all out for 112, as Vishal Tripathi hit 31.

Lowerhouse lost to East Lancs on the last ball, as Mini Bhada hit 58 not out.