FOLLOWING their semi-final victory over Rawtenstall, Burnley’s Under 15s under the managership of Andy Lamb entertained East Lancs in front of a good crowd at Turf Moor.
Captain Josh Broadhurst won the toss and elected to have first use of the pitch and despite falling himself early on, a base was built by Matt Rowe and Tom Lawson.
A partnership of 70 runs for the second wicket was instrumental in setting a competitive total. Watchful of the good ball and destructive against the bad ball Rowe eventually fell for an excellent 40 but Lawson continued in his own unflustered style finishing on 25 not out.
Matt Thornton and Steve Trickett selflessly sacrificed themselves in the pursuit of quick runs at the end of the innings and Ethan Carter ensured a final 20 over total of 98-4 was reached by some very sensible rotation of the strike in the last couple of overs.
Lamb gave a brief talk at the interval reiterating the need to bowl wicket to wicket and stay alert in the field, put the batters under pressure and make them fight for every run.
Thornton and Kash Mahmood took the new ball and bowled a very tight line. Pressure on the batters led to them attempting singles that weren’t really there and two very good run outs by Dean Metcalfe and Ethan Carter had East Lancs on the back foot.
Mahmood then got in on the act forcing a loose shot by the East Lancs number three and Ali pouched a very good catch. 33-3 after 10 overs and game on.
Ali was well into the game now and produced a fantastic spell of bowling from the Cricket Stand end, four overs 2-10 to heap even more pressure on East Lancs.
Lawson bowled tidily to keep the pressure on and then Metcalfe (Deano) carried on the good work from the Belvedere Road end. Too many needed, Burnley just needed to keep their heads and the game would be won. Eddie Gorman then finished off the game from the Cricket stand end with two overs for eight under the, by now heavy rain clouds. East Lancs ended on 81-5 after 20 overs and Burnley’s Under 15s had won the Lancashire Junior Leagues Under 15s Cup by 17 runs.
An exceptional fielding performance epitomised by Carter relinquishing the wicket keeping duties to throw himself around in the outfield and Ben Sutcliffe looking like he’d never been away behind the stumps.
The manager was full of praise for his young charges, an exceptionally professional performance and very well deserved by the team.