Lowerhouse and Burnley get off to winning start on opening day

OPENING DAY: Burnley opener Steve Brunt takes on the Church attack at Turf Moor on Sunday
OPENING DAY: Burnley opener Steve Brunt takes on the Church attack at Turf Moor on Sunday

Both Burnley and Lowerhouse started their Fosters Lancashire League campaigns in winning fashion on Sunday.

Burnley started their Lancashire League campaign with the visit of Church to Turf Moor, and the home side came away with a win and the maximum 12points.

Having been put into bat, Burnley started brightly with 35 coming up in the first seven overs before Steve Brunt was caught at slip for 19.

Chris Burton (29) and Qasim Ali continued the flow of runs with a partnership of 52, until Burton was adjudged lbw, and captain Bharat Tripathi (21) continued the solid batting in a partnership of 61 to lay the foundations for a big score.

Ali continued to attack the visitors’ bowling and was destructive, especially against professional Kasum Bodhisha, who went for 61 runs off eight overs. He eventually was caught and bowled for 96 with still 15 overs left.

Michael Kelly marshalled the final few overs with 21 to score a very competitive 222 all out, with still five overs left to bat.

Church’s response was delayed by about an hour due to rain during the tea interval, which changed the target to 166 off 32 overs.

Burnley struck straight away with professional Adnan Rasool getting the early breakthrough of Levi Wolfenden, then a partnership of 37 between captain Ferguson and Bodhisha left them at 42-1.

Rasool then weaved his magic in ripping through the order in claiming an impressive 9-41 off 15 overs, this included four dismissals by keeper Burton and a debut catch by Liam Capstick on the mid-wicket boundary.

Capstick senior took the other wicket to stop Rasool claiming all 10 wickets.

Burnley travel to Rishton on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Lowerhouse began their quest for a third successive title with a three-wicket win over Rishton.

With rain threatening, the champions won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. Scoring was slow, which wasn’t helped by wickets falling in quick bursts, including the early dismissal of Rishton professional Dan Salpietro for 17 off the bowling of Francois Haasbroek when he drove hard to cover in to the safe hands of skipper Charlie Cottam.

Fergus Bailey bowled a fine spell of medium pace, taking three key wickets to put the home side in firm control at 61-4. Craig Smith (28) was sent back to the pavilion after an astonishing one-handed diving catch by Cottam, and Mo Patel (28) and Luke McVarish (18) started to move things along for the visitors, adding 82 runs for the next two wickets before perishing to talisman Jon Finch.

Finch also removed Mark Lambert to finish with 4-28 off 10 overs.

The home side were thwarted in their efforts, however, to secure the bowling bonus points as Rishton closed their innings on 165-8.

Rain caused a delay of an hour during tea, which meant Lowerhouse now required 126 from 34 overs.

As ever, openers Ben Heap and Jonny Whitehead got off to a solid start before Heap (12) was on the end of an unfortunate lbw decision at 39. Joe Martin (19) then put another good partnership together with Whitehead before falling victim to another Salpietro lbw. Haasbroek steadied the ship, while 18-year-old Whitehead began to cut loose.

The league’s Under 23 batsman of the year fell just five runs short of his half century but left Lowerhouse requiring just 30 runs in eight overs with seven wickets remaining.

However Cottam (1), Finch (4), Chris Bleazard (0) and Joe Hawke (1) fell victim to the Rishton spinners as the home side spun out of control to 107-7, still needing 19 from the final four overs.

But they had the ideal person coming in at number nine - Paddy Martin - and he and Hassbroek (28 not out) managed to keep cool heads and steer the House home with seven balls left.

Lowerhouse are at Enfield on Sunday.