Lowerhouse lose ground at top as Burnley endure tough weekend

MINI DERBY: Burnley professional Adnan Rasool bowls at Nelson's Tyler McGladdery in Sunday's Lancashire League clash at Turf Moor
MINI DERBY: Burnley professional Adnan Rasool bowls at Nelson's Tyler McGladdery in Sunday's Lancashire League clash at Turf Moor

Lowerhouse’s title hopes suffered a blow after they failed to take advantage of their game in hand on Lancashire League leaders Accrington.

Lowerhouse travelled to Dill Hall Lane on Saturday to play Enfield but were unable to get the win they wanted.

Lowerhouse won the toss and sent youngsters Jonny Whitehead and Jack Edgar in to open the innings. They set a perfect platform of 82 runs in 20 overs when Whitehead departed after making a fine 40 .

Edgar (35),Joe Martin(21),Walker(18) and Bleazard (19 not out) all fared well but although 184-8 was competitive, it was far from overwhelming.

Lowerhouse bowled tightly at the start of Enfield’s reply. Fergus Bailey was the stingiest bowler on either side with his 1-26 off 14 overs. The innings centred around the battle to get out man of the match Moses (87 not out) as he led his team to victory.

He found able lieutenants in Hamill (19), D. Bracewell (15) and Wrigley (24). Lowerhouse chipped away with wickets but could never get in front and only two bonus points were scored.

Lowerhouse bounced back from the Enfield defeat with a six-wicket win over Colne in an enthralling contest at the Horsfield

Colne posted a very healthy 226-7 with Matt Walker 3-81 the pick of the bowlers. Ben Heap and Jonny Whitehead produced another fine 50 opening partnership but when Heap (26), Edgar (9), Haasbroek (3) and Bailey (22) all departed Colne were in the box seat.

With the champions way behind the run rate Chris Bleazard hit 65 in just 29 balls including 8 fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 119 run partnership with Jonny Whitehead who scored 86 not out to leave the hosts beaten.

Burnley also had a weekend of mixed fortunes, starting on Friday night in the Twenty20 at Nelson.

Burnley batted first and scored 99 off 20 overs with Steve Brunt (12) and Adnan Rasool scoring a hard hitting 28. But at 56-6 they were up against it until Graham Lalor (17) Johnny O’Brien (10 not out) and Cole Hayman (11) helped post a decent score. In reply Nelson got off to a flying start and were 59-0 off just six overs. Burnley fought back with Rasool (3-13) and Hayman (1-17) but the home side won with six overs left.

Burnley did not fare much better at Rishton on Saturday.

After winning the toss Burnley were soon in trouble at 17-4 and then 37-6. It was left to the returning Steve Whittaker, with a run a ball 44, to help the team reach 84 all out. In response Rishton raced to 28-0 off seven until Rasool (4-30) made his mark. The home side’s pro Daniel Salpietro steered the his side to victory , scoring 62 out of the 85 required for victory.

On Sunday Burnley looked to put both these results behind them as they entertained Nelson.

Burnley kept it tight to start with only 55 coming off the first 20 overs. The start of the innings was anchored by young McGladdery (51) but the home side struck with a run out and Hayman bouncing out Nelson’s pro Ryan Canning for only 10. A counter attack ensued with all the middle order contributing 20s and 30s as the bowlers were punished.

Rasool (2-72 off 17 overs), Bharat Tripathi (1-84), and Hayman (3-53) were the wicket takers. In reply to a daunting 242 the home side started well with an opening partnership of 63 with Brunt (19) and an excellent knock of 64 by Dan Pickup which led to Josh Whitehead (37) and Rasool 30 off only 18 balls to take the home side close to victory.

At 197-5 there was still 45 needed but Keeper Chris Burton steered the home side home with 32 not out, ably supported by Lalor (15 not out) for a five-wicket win.

Burnley travel to Colne in the Twenty20 on Friday followed by Ramsbottom at home in the Worsley Cup on Saturday. Sunday sees them travel to Accrington.