Lawson cut seals victory for Burnley thirds

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A nail-biting conclusion at Rishton saw a young Burnley third XI inch over the line with two overs and one wicket remaining on Saturday.

New Burnley captain Matt Lamb inserted the home side after winning the toss on a blustery day, and his decision was vindicated when two early blows saw Rishton 12-2. A tidy bowling and fielding display was rewarded with wickets at regular intervals, and the batting side struggled to gain any momentum. Pick of the bowlers Dean Metcalf and Ali Syed Snr finished with 4-37 and 3-12, respectively. Only a contribution of 71 from senior man Naz Malik helped Rishton finish 106 all out.

A quick shower at the interval saw the game reduced to 43 overs, with Burnley sent out to chase a revised total of 99. The away side suffered the same fate as their opponents early on, losing wickets quickly. At 23-4 the game looked to be slipping away, but a partnership of 42 between Tom Lawson and Cole Hayman calmed a few nerves.

When the latter was adjudged lbw for a well-earned 26, another collapse threatened to leave the visitors just short, with last man Metcalf sent out with 11 still needed.

However, good running and a precious boundary from Lawson took Burnley within three. A dropped catch from Rishton let Lawson back on strike, and he deftly cut the ball away for a winning two.

Burnley thirds next entertain Colne at home on Bank Holiday Monday.