Batting collapse condemns Burnley to defeat at Todmorden

EFFORTS IN VAIN: James Capstick
EFFORTS IN VAIN: James Capstick
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BURNLEY opened their Lancashire League season at the third time of asking at Todmorden on Sunday - but fell to an 85-run defeat.

Todmorden were inserted and got off to a flying start and were 50-0 off nine overs.

On a slow wicket there was little assistance for the quick bowlers, though the new professional Adnan Rasool, making his debut, started to exert some control, and the returning Bharat Tripathi soon collected the two opening batsmen.

It was only when James Capstick came on that the brakes were exerted.

Rasool bowled 20 overs for 4-48 and Capstick claimed 4-17 off 13 to restrict the hosts to 152 after being 103-2 at the halfway stage.

This score should have been considerably less as there were 32 extras, to set a challenging score.

In reply, Burnley got off to the worst possible start and were in deep trouble at 15-5.

They never recovered.

There were some poor shots played against some good bowling on a difficult wicket.

Chris Burton steadied the innings with an knock of 12 and there was some late hitting by Steve Brunt (14) to move the score up to a dissapointing 67 all out.

Burnley were looking to try and put things right yesterday against Nelson at home in the mini derby, followed by games against Haslingden away on Saturday and Colne at home on Sunday.