Young Burnley cricketers claim title in dramatic finish

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AFTER an epic end to the season, Burnley Under 11s A were crowned league champions.

With Ramsbottom also challenging for the title, it came down to the last game.

At the beginning of play, Steve “Ticker” Whittaker’s Burnley needed a draw or a win to secure the championship, facing derby rivals Lowerhouse away.

It turned out to be a very close game.

Lowerhouse won the toss and chose to bat first, and Burnley contained the ‘House well, with five wickets taken.

Adam Khan, who has had an incredible season, took 3-9-3 with a double wicket maiden over, and a great stumping for Qas Shah saw Harrison out.

Burnley contained Lowerhouse to 258, and with the the light dimming, time was of the essence.

Burnley had a target of 259, and some good pairings saw Bryce Johnstone and Max Dawson add 15, and Jake Blakey and Adam Khan also added 15.

Shah and Sam Molloy contributed 20, and it went down to the final pair of Haider Ali Khan and Tanbir Rahman to keep a level head, not lose a wicket and add nine to the score.

Under immense pressure and dimming light they completed the task in hand to grab victory for Burnley with 263.

A wicket on the final ball could have changed the whole result.

With winning the Euxton tournament at the beginning of the season, Adam Khan winning the Craig Heap memorial Trophy for most improved district player, and Qas Shah selected for Lancashire Under 10s squad and attending a tour in Taunton with a highest score of 42, Burnley Cricket Club have had a fantastic season and the future for youth cricket in the town looks bright - a credit to their coach Whittaker!