BURNLEY Express James Anderson turned in a match-winning performance for England in their first One Day International match against Sri Lanka at the Oval on Tuesday.
Anderson took 4-18 in five overs as Stuart Broad’s side won by 110 runs.
His four wickets included the tourists’ three top order batsmen, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and, Kumar Sangakkara, as well as tail ender Nuwan Kulasekara.
He also took two catches, including a stunning diving effort at mid-wicket to see off Angelo Mathews off the bowling of Jade Dernbach.
And he said: “Happily the wickets came for me but I thought we bowled brilliantly as a unit.
“I always feel I have a point to prove. I was delighted to keep my place in the squad and get my place back in the team. We have a lot of good fast bowlers and I have to keep proving a point.”
Of his catches, he added: “I pride myself on my fielding and work hard at it so it is always nice when a few stick.
“I made the most of the one at mid-wicket and threw in the dive to make it look good!”
The 28 year old was well aware of the performances given by him in the past but was gleeful to get back in top form again.
Anderson has now appeared in 143 ODIs and managed 194 wickets, averaging 30.75 runs per wicket with the best of 5-23.
• FIVE-star Burnley extended their emphatic unbeaten run following a 58-run triumph over Salesbury.
The confident under 11s A team, who had previously beaten Rawtenstall by 50 runs on their own turf, won the toss and chose to field first.
Bryce Johnstone bowled a seamer to leg stump to take the first of Salesbury’s wickets before Adam Khan marked an impressive debut with a further three wickets, and a maiden over. Qasim Khan kept the scores low with some great pace bowling as Salesbury were restricted to 248.
In reply, a fantastic and formidable pairing of Max Dawson and Johnstone put 39 on the board, including five boundaries between them, at the end of their four overs with no wickets lost.
Qasim Khan and Qasim Shah then took to the crease and smashed six boundaries between them, though they both became victims of their opponent’s bowling attack.
Next saw Jake Blakey and Adam Khan form another strong partnership to boost Burnley’s tally further, before the level-headed duo of Sam Molloy and the prolific Henry Bunting Jones helped Burnley to 306-run total.
The result means that it’s now five games unbeaten for Burnley as they extended their stay at the top of the league.