Records tumble as Burnley earn derby semi-final date

Burnley Cricket Club Versus Ramsbottom Cricket Club.'Burnley's Jonathan Clare makes a four.'2nd May 2015
Burnley Cricket Club Versus Ramsbottom Cricket Club.'Burnley's Jonathan Clare makes a four.'2nd May 2015

After a record-breaking Worsley Cup quarter-final win on Saturday, Lancashire League leaders Burnley maintained their 22-point advantage at the top on Sunday.

Jon Clare hit a remarkable 199 for Burnley at MyProtein Turf Moor on Saturday as cup holders Burnley advanced to a semi-final with Lowerhouse, as they look for a third-successive cup success.

Clare’s score was a Worsley Cup limited overs amateur record, as he hit 14 sixes and 17 fours off just 104 balls. as Burnley totalled a cup limited overs record of 371-7 against Ramsbottom.

Bharat Tripathi’s men went on to win by 127 runs.

After winning the toss, Burnley batted, and Vishal Tripathi and professional Chris Holt put on 50 for the first wicket, before Holt fell for 25 to Simon Read.

That brought Clare to the crease, and he and Tripathi shared 120, before Tripathi was removed by Michael Haslam for an 84-ball 81.

Clare pressed on with Chris Burton (11), sharing 36, before a partnership of 43 with Dan Pickup (14), 42 with Michael Kelly (14) and then 71 with Bharat Tripathi (5 not out), before he was finally out, caught and bowled by Ramsbottom professional Daryn Smit with just four balls remaining of the innings.

Clare, who lost five balls with his big-hitting, dished out some punishment to Read (1-56), Jon Fielding (1-55), Tom Booth (0-67), Michael Haslam (1-68) and Smit (3-74).

Ramsbottom made a good fist of their mammoth task in reply, and reached 96-1 in the 14th over, after Tom Parton hit 40 before falling to Bharat Tripathi at 46.

Fellow opener Callum Kay (44), Martin Cropper (21), Booth (26), Michael Howarth (18) and Brad Fielding (17) all contributed, but the big wicket was that of Smit, who was superbly run out for a 48-ball 52 by Bharat Tripathi.

Had he stayed in, it may have been a closer contest, but Ramsbottom were dismissed for 244, as Tripathi took 4-25.

Burnley will now travel to Lowerhouse for a potentially epic semi-final on Sunday, July 12th.

The following day, Burnley cruised to an eight-wicket win at Todmorden, as they sit 22 points clear at the top of the league table at the halfway stage of the season.

Tripathi won the toss and elected to field, before the hosts were bowled out for 116 in 40.1 overs.

The reigning Lancashire League player of the month Jhangir Liaqat took 3-23, and paid man Holt 2-27.

Top-scorer for Todmorden was Kristian Garland, who finished unbeaten on 39 off 77 balls, while Ben Pearson added 22.

Professional Bilawal Bhatti (20) was the only other batsman to join the pair in double figures.

Burnley were in a rush in reply, winning inside 16 overs.

Vishal Tripathi and Holt shared 107 for the opening wicket, with Tripathi the man out lbw to Alan Sutcliffe for 64, coming off just 41 deliveries, including four sixes and six fours.

Holt finished unbeaten on 51 from 40 balls, with seven fours and a six, as Burnley registered an 11th win from 12 completed league games this season.

On Saturday, Burnley are back in league action at second-place Ramsbottom.

The previous night, Burnley travel to Haslingden for their penultimate Pride of Pendle Group game in the Twenty20 competition.

l Following the success of last year’s Burnley Cricket Club Golf Day, they are holding another on Friday, August 14th at Burnley Golf Club.

This year’s fundraising effort is to refurbish and rebuild the junior and senior dressing rooms.

The day will involve a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea on arrival, a hot buffet/two-course meal after play, food and drink at the halfway house.

Contact Vishal Tripathi for more details.