DEFENDING Champions Lowerhouse achieved their seventh league win of the season and extended their home record to eighteen consecutive wins with a 76 run triumph over Burnley in a quite remarkable game.
Winning the toss and surprisingly batting on a surface giving the bowlers more than an even chance of success, Lowerhouse soon lost wickets and found themselves 25 for 6 as Cole Hayman bowled with good aggressive pace extracting significant life from the wicket. Fergus Bailey was showing admirable defensive skills to withstand the onslaught and was joined by Chris Bleazard. The pair began to repair the damage as Bleazard rolled back the years to play an innings of high class to score 56 from 85 balls to together add 97 for the 7th wicket. 143 for 9 represented a remarkable recovery with Joe Beneduce contributing at the end. Burnley must have been somewhat demoralised at the tea interval having had Lowerhouse in such a mess but not having been able to even secure bowling points.
Burnley had the better of the batting conditions but could not cope with the opening bowlers, Bailey and Francois Haasbroek and were bowled out in 31 overs with Haasbroek claiming 5 for 20 and Bailey 4 for 14. Joe Hawke chipped in with the wicket of the resolute Dan Pickup.
A remarkable match in which Lowerhouse continued the dominance in matches between the near neighbours over the last 20 years.
Lowerhouse are at home home to Bacup tomorrow in the Worsley Cup Second Round.
They then take on Haslingden at home on Sunday while Burnley are awat ay Enfield.