More records in sight for Burnley

Burnley Cricket Club Versus Ramsbottom Cricket Club.'Burnley's  Vishal Tripathi batting.'2nd May 2015
Burnley Cricket Club Versus Ramsbottom Cricket Club.'Burnley's Vishal Tripathi batting.'2nd May 2015

It’s been a historic season for Burnley CC but there’s still more records to be had.

While the weekend presents an opportunity for the club to land an unprecedented Lancashire League treble, Vishal Tripathi is on the verge of breaking Jon Harvey’s amateur batting record of 1,014 runs that has stood for 20 years.

Since the inauguration of the Twenty20 competition in 2006, nobody has achieved the clean sweep of silverware.

Ramsbottom did the double in 2010 and again in 2011 but missed out on the Worsley Cup in the first season and the league title in the second.

The table toppers are agonisingly close to re-writing the handbooks and their opening batsman moved just 12 runs short of Harvey’s record when firing 110 in their abandoned game against Nelson at Turf Moor.

The elder Tripathi sibling, a former Northamptonshire representative, said: “Everyone has been reminding me about the record for the past few weeks.

“I’ve tried not to think about it though because the main emphasis has been on winning games and making history as a team. Winning three major trophies in a season is the aim.

“I was quite naive in my first spell at Burnley when I was younger. I’m setting the record straight now.

“I’m more mature, professional and experienced as a cricketer now. Getting the record would be a bonus now and I’m only 12 runs away from it.”

He added: “We can win the league this weekend and I’m really excited about it.

“I’m not worried about how runs are coming to come or when they are going to come, otherwise you just put pressure on yourself.

“It could be a special weekend. Any individual goals are secondary to winning the league but it’d be the icing on the cake.

“I’d be more than happy with four trophies (including Ron Singleton Trophy). It’s a big weekend for the club as a whole.”

It’s feasible that the league leaders could usurp rivals Lowerhouse as champions in the West End of town on Sunday, but chairman Stan Heaton insists the club won’t be distracted by that fact.

Instead Charlie Cottam’s side will be focussed on claiming the runner-up spot.

“I think they can do it on the Saturday if they win and Ramsbottom don’t,” Heaton said. “That’s what we’re hoping for anyway. We want them to be in a relaxed mode on Sunday so that we can beat them.

“It’s become a three-horse race for the runner-up spot now and that would signal a sensational finish for us.

“There’s plenty to play for and we’re really geared up for it. If we can go through what we’ve been through and finish in the top four then we can only be pleased.

“We’re not really thinking about Burnley, we’re thinking about the points at stake.

“If they beat us on our turf and win the league then fair play - but we want the points and that runners up spot.

“That is our priority. To beat them and add 12 points would be wonderful. We’re focussed on ourselves.”

Fixtures: Saturday - Burnley v Haslingden, Church v Lowerhouse. Sunday - Lowerhouse v Burnley.