‘House see off newly-crowned champs Burnley

Lowerhouse pro Cobus Pienaar in action.

Lowerhouse pro Cobus Pienaar in action.

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Outgoing Lancashire League champions Lowerhouse may have had to hand their crown over to rivals Burnley, but they held off their successors to register a four run triumph in an exhilarating encounter at Liverpool Road.

The visitors required five runs off the final over to land a fifth victory over the West Enders this term, but Matt Walker bowled Tom Lowton to prevent Burnley from adding a clean sweep of wins to their clean sweep of silverware.

Professional Cobus Pienaar top scored with 80 as ‘House made 229-9. The South African hit a dozen boundaries from 96 balls in his best spell at the crease for the club.

Pienaar and Walker combined with an 86 run stand for the fourth wicket as the amateur made 37 before finding Vishal Tripathi at mid wicket from Chris Holt.

Teenager Bradley Wright, 16, was first to go on his senior debut for two runs before he was joined by Joe Halstead (13).

Jonny Whitehead followed after hitting four fours in a knock of 24.

Walker added 37 to hoist the score to 168 alongside Pienaar before the paid man fell victim to Holt at 191.

Skipper Charlie Cottam (16), Chris Bleazard (3), Dominic Stuart (1) and Paddy Martin (11) were all sent packing while Lewis Marsden culminated the innings 16 not out.

Holt took 4-66 and Bharat Tripathi 3-51 for Burnley.

In reply, record-breaker Vishal Tripathi hit his sixth half century of the season, taking his tally to 1,111 league runs. He put on 87 for the opening wicket with Holt who went for 21.

David Brown added 62 to the equation though Jon Clare (4), Chris Burton (0) and Dan Pickup (8) went without making an impact.

Michael Brown added 30 to the tally when starting out with his brother and the captain made 18.

Jhangir Liaqat and Lawson were left with the responsibility with 12 runs needed for victory. However, they fell short.

Just 24 hours earlier Lowerhouse tied with Church at Blackburn Road, finishing on 155-8 after bowling the hosts out for the same score.

Walker was the stand out bowler in taking 4-37 while Whitehead (30), Halstead (22), Bleazard (25 not out), Marsden (17) and Josh Lavin (17) were the pick of the batsmen. Stuart hit two off the final ball to earn a share of the spoils.