No ‘Hangover’ for batsman Brown

David Brown
David Brown

Burnley batsman David Brown’s brilliant return to form comes as he recovers from an unfortunate injury suffered on his stag party last Autumn!

Brown had endured a difficult start to the season, before, in Sunday’s win at home to Nelson, he set a new club batting record for limited overs matches with a stunning unbeaten 162.

Once he got past 10, he was always going to be focused on making it pay

Michael Brown

Last year he hit exactly 1,000 runs at an average of 55.55, but had 90 in six games before Sunday’s remarkable effort.

Brother Michael, chairman at MyProtein Turf Moor, hopes he has rediscovered his mojo, after picking up an ankle problem while golfing.

When you think of injuries on stag dos, the film “The Hangover” springs to mind, but Brown’s accident was rather more innocent!

Out with his “wolfpack”, including Michael, and James Anderson, as they played at The Belfry, on the second hole, David hurt ankle ligaments, as Michael explained: “He’s had a bit of a tough start to the year, he’s been working long hours and that impacts on your practice time, and he did his ankle ligaments in an unfortunate accident on his stag do in the Autumn on the second hole at the Belfry!

“So this innings has been brewing for a while. From what I heard from speaking to him and a few others, it was pretty much chanceless, which makes it even better.

“Once he got past 10, he was always going to be focused on making it pay.

“It was a good wicket and it was coming off the middle of the bat early on, he was patient, and everything just came together.

“I’m pleased for him and proud of him. He did well to outscore Vishal (Tripathi) to be fair, in the form he is in.”

Tripathi already has 568 runs to his name this season, and Brown admitted: “Vishal’s consistency has improved from last year.

“Last year it could be a big score one week, and a low score the next, but he’s added that consistency, like David last year. But Vishal is a high quality player and he’s in great form.”

Burnley sit second in the league table ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Accrington, four points behind Ramsbottom, and Brown looked at the situation at the top: “After last season, it’s about maintaining that focus. The lads want to do it again and keep our form.

“We’ll take it a game at a time as we did last year, and perform as well as we can, which we are starting to do.

“It does seem like some of the clubs have recruited well, and more have the capability to win games, to put scores on the board or take wickets.

“It’s still tight, and it could come down to whose professionals are available at the end of the season.

“I think the usual suspects will be there again, and Haslingden look a good side as well. The nice surprise is Colne – it’s good to see them doing well after all the hard work put in by Gary Hunt.”