BURNLEY gained only their second league win of the season at Bacup on Sunday as substitute professional Bharat Tripathi (pictured) claimed 4-48.
The former Turf Moor star, now professional at Liverpool, returned to the side in the absence of Imad Wasim, who was back in Pakistan playing for Islamabad Leopards in the Faysal Bank Super-Eight T20.
Surrey batsman Michael Brown - chairman of Burnley - stepped in as skipper in place of the unavailable Steve Brunt, and won the toss at Lanehead, deciding to bat without any hesitation.
Brown scored 14, but solid contributions by Qasim Ali (29), Chris Burton (27) and Tripathi (25) moved the score along.
At 135-7 it looked a below par score, but a crucial unbropken eighth wicket partnership worth 41 between Aidan Tate (21 not out) and Paul Mortimer (11 not out) steered the visitors to a very competitive score.
In reply, Tripathi got the early wicket of the in-form former Lowerhouse man Jack McGregor, and combined with Cole Hayman trapping opener Anthony Taylor and a run out, Bacup were 20-3.
It was left up to the Bacup sub pro Brett Pelser, who scored 70 from 91 balls, but the Burnley attack regularly took wickets at the other end, with Graham Lalor finishing with 3-22 off 7 overs and James Capstick adding another wicket.
Tripathi led the attack with 4-48 off 19 overs to wrap up the victory and move Burnley up a place in the table.
Friday saw the last Twenty20 group game, which saw local rivals Lowerhouse come to Burnley, with the gate receipts going to Pendleside Hospice.
It was something of a dead rubber, with neither side able to progress, and the weather eventually curtailed the game, leading to the lottery of a penalty-style bowl out.
Lowerhouse eventually won it 2-1, after seeing the last 14 players miss!
This was after the last eight overs of the Lowerhouse batting was played in rain, but the umpires deemed it too wet to continue, which dissapointed a large crowd.
Lowerhouse scored 107-7 with the pick of the bowlers being Tate 2-12 and Josh Whitehead with 2-16.
Burnley will hope to build on their win at Bacup with the visit of Accrington to Turf Moor on Saturday.
l THE “Burnley Express”, Lancashire and England paceman James Anderson, has been nominated for an award in the MBNA Northern Sports Awards.
The MBNA Northern Sports Awards takes place at The Point @ Lancashire County Cricket Club.
The event is the first of its kind, a celebration of sporting excellence in the North which embraces all aspects of the region’s sporting world and recognises its outstanding contribution.
Anderson is up for Sportsman of the Year alongside Mark Cavendish and Lee Westwood after his Ashed heroics, and he said: “I am really chuffed to have been selected as one of the candidates for Northern Sportsman of the Year.
“I’m up against some pretty stiff competition, it will be interesting to see how the public have voted!
“It’s great to be involved in an event like this that will highlight the huge contribution that the North of England makes to sport.”
The winners will be announced on July 4th.