Belvedere’s second string are in celebratory mood after title win

Just champion: Burnley Belvedere seconds
Just champion: Burnley Belvedere seconds

Burnley Belvedere’s second string are in celebratory mood after capturing the Houldsworth Solicitor’s Ribblesdale Cricket League Second Division crown.

While the first XI culminated the 2013 term in fifth in the tier above, their club mates secured the title with a 15 point advantage over nearest rivals Brooksbottom.

The club had headed the hierarchy from the first weekend of the campaign and opened up such a gulf that they could afford to lose back-to-back fixtures at the end of the season, one of them against the league runners up.

After winning 15 of their 20 games, Belvedere totaled 196 points which included 41 bonus points.

Opening batsman Abid Khan was the side’s leading run scorer with 502 which included a superb unbeaten 104 against Oswaldtwistle Immanuel’s second XI. He averaged 36.07 as the curtain came down on the season.

Khan’s opening partner Shazad Hussain also proved potent as he struck 318 runs with a top score of 68 and averaging 28.91.

Abdul Shazoor topped the bowling figures with 44 wickets at an average of 7.73 with his haul providing 30 per cent of the team’s total wickets taken and 50 per cent of those victims were straight bowled. His best figures for the season were five wickets at the expense of six runs.

Aadil Hussain also chipped in with 24 wickets at an average of 8.5 with his best being 6-17.

And Tanveer Ahmed completed the clinical bowling attack, taking 26 wickets at an average of 9.42 with his best figures of four wickets at the expense of just five runs highlighting his excellent spin bowling.

Seasoned skipper Doug Livesey will now lead the team in Division One for the 2014 campaign.

Meanwhile, in the Fosters Lancashire Cricket League, Burnley professional Adnan Rasool rounded off a spectacular season as the senior division’s highest wicket taker.

From 2,157 deliveries the Pakistani paid man conjured 83 wickets at an average of 15.20 which included a season best of 9-41.

Lowerhouse pro Francois Haasbroek wasn’t too far behind Rasool either. The popular South African claimed 72 scalps from 2,165 balls at an average of 16.01 with a seasonal best individual haul of five wickets at the expense of 48 runs.

Of the professionals to feature in more than 10 games over the course of the season, Haasbroek culminated the campaign in 11th in the batting averages column with 36.13 over 29 outings. The 26-year-old scored 831 runs with his best an unbeaten 131.

Rasool ended the season with a batting average of 18.71 from 28 games. He totaled 393 runs with a high score of 51 not out.

In the amateur ranks, of the bowlers to take 10 wickets or more, Lowerhouse’s Paddy Martin claimed the third highest average at 15.17 from 1,047 deliveries. The 21-year-old took 47 wickets over the course of the term with a best of 6-52.

Cole Hayman proved Burnley’s most prolific bowler with an average of 20.26 from 781 balls. Hayman, who celebrates his 19th birthday today, took 30 wickets with a best of 4-45.

Elsewhere, Burnley’s Qasim Ali was the league’s leading amateur light in relation to runs scored. In 24 matches he compiled 791 runs with a season best of 96 to top the charts. His ratio earned him an average of 39.55 for the campaign.

Next was Lowerhouse’s Jonny Whitehead, just 30 runs behind Ali at an average of 36.23. His best tally for a single match - from his 24 played - was an unbeaten 86.

‘House veteran Chris Bleazard tabled 648 runs for the club with a ton being his top score while Burnley’s Chris Burton ended with 555 runs which included a highest score of 64.