Weather can’t dampen celebrations for Heaton!

BURNLEY COMMUNITY SPORTS AWARDS: Coach of Year award winner Stan Heaton.
Photo Ben Parsons
BURNLEY COMMUNITY SPORTS AWARDS: Coach of Year award winner Stan Heaton. Photo Ben Parsons

Not even the weather could dampen the celebrations at Lowerhouse as chairman Stan Heaton’s service to grass roots cricket were recognised in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List.

The West Enders’ game against Enfield at the Brooks Foundation Ground was rained off with Lowerhouse 32-0 in the ninth over.

But the day was all about former player Heaton, who has transformed the junior set up at the club, kick starting a conveyor belt of talent into the first team.

Visiting captain Tiarnan Hamill won the toss and put Lowerhouse in, with the threat of storms, and Jon Finch continued in the same vein from last weekend, as he made his way to 21 not out, with Joe Martin playing a support role, unbeaten on four.

However, with only 54 balls delivered, no further play was possible, and the sides take three points each.

Meanwhile, it was a similar story for champions Burnley at Thorneyholme Road against Accrington.

The hosts won the toss and inserted Bharat Tripathi’s side, who made 20-0 in the five overs possible, with in-form Vishal Tripathi on 10 and professional Chris Holt on seven.

The only game to finish saw Bacup end a run of 20 games without defeat by beating Church by six wickets.

That leaves Ramsbottom top of the pile with 94 points from Burnley, with Lowerhouse a further four adrift.

On Sunday, in the LCB Cup, Lowerhouse beat Egerton 2-0 on a bowlout after a rain-interrupted game.

Lowerhouse totalled 213-9, as Ben Heap made 57 and uncle Chris Bleazard 53.

Egerton reached 47-4 as they chased a reduced target of 142 off 28 overs, but the game went to a bowl out, and the West Enders now host Ramsbottom on Sunday, July 3rd.

Burnley beat Oswaldtwistle Immanuel by 15 runs in a 25-over game at MyProtein Turf Moor.

They made 146-6, with Holt making 40, and Vishal Tripathi 38. Phil Howard top scored with 53 in reply as Ossie ended on 131-6, with Holt taking 4-24. Burnley will now face Bootle in the last 16.

Saturday sees the Worsley Cup quarter-finals, as holders Burnley host Nelson, while Lowerhouse are at Haslingden.

On Sunday, Burnley are at home to Haslingden in the league, while Lowerhouse travel to Church.

On Friday night, in the 20/20 competition, Lowerhouse’s game with Bacup was abandoned without a ball bowled.

This Friday night, Burnley are at Colne, and Lowerhouse host Accrington.