Nail-biting victory for Burnley

OUTSTANDING: James Capstick
OUTSTANDING: James Capstick

BURNLEY recovered from defeat at home to Church on Saturday by beating Enfield the following day.

Against Church at Turf Moor, Steve Brunt’s men were put into bat with the bad weather around.

The home side stumbled to 22-3 off eight overs after several rain interruptions, then the heavens opened and play didn’t restart until 4 p.m., reducing it to a 29-over game.

Then professional Imad Wasim (66 not out) and Michael Kelly (55) put on a good partnership of 103 to steer the home side to 144-5.

In reply, Church had a steady start, reined in by economical bowling from Graham Lalor and Cole Hayman.

The hosts kept pushing the run rate up and Church needed 45 off last five overs, and then 19 off the last two.

Then Church professional Saeed Anwar junior smashed 20 off the next four balls to win the game for visitors.

On Sunday Burnley had another close game away to Enfield, in a match which didn’t start till 2-30 p.m. due to the ongoing poor weather.

On a wet pitch, Burnley won the toss and inserted the home side and soon had them in trouble at 7-2 with Hayman (2-12 off six overs) and Paul Mortimer (1-14), with the vital wicket of Enfield professional Werner Coetsee falling.

The visitors continued to stay on top with all bowlers contributing, including the outstanding James Capstick (4-12 off 10 overs), backed up by captain Brunt (2-7 off four overs).

This pressure reduced Enfield from 65-3 to 76 all out for Burnley to claim the extra bowling points.

If the visitors thought they had done the hard work, they had not taken into consideration professional Anwar who took 8-24 off 16 overs to nearly bowl them to victory.

But it was the younsters who took the visitors over the line, Josh Whitehead with a hard-fought 24 and valuable contributions by Gus Whitehead and Hayman saw Burnley to a narrow and nail biting one-wicket victory.

Burnley have a double header at home on the penultimate weekend when Bacup come to Turf Moor on Saturday and Rishton on Sunday.