Burnley and Lowerhouse in triple-header action!

Lowerhouse professional Cobus Pienaar is unavailable this weekend after his wife gave birth to a baby girl
Lowerhouse professional Cobus Pienaar is unavailable this weekend after his wife gave birth to a baby girl
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Burnley skipper Bharat Tripathi feels his side are perfecting the art of winning.

The league leaders, who have lost just once in 14 outings in all competitions, including the Ron Singleton Colne Trophy, were made to work for their latest triumphs.

They chased Nelson’s total in the Twenty20 at Seedhill on Friday night and defended their innings in a second mini-derby at the same venue in a league encounter on Sunday.

“They were two very tight games, just as I thought they would be,” said Tripathi. “It was a very good contest between our batting and their bowling.

“We probably would’ve lost both of those games last year. We weren’t really ahead until the last few overs which says a lot about our character this season.

“Even when we’re not in the game, or staring down the barrel, we have the ability to pull through.

“Our confidence is high and there’s a lot of belief in the team. We’ve developed that winning habit and mentality. I’m very impressed and really happy.

“I’m happier than I was after the Lowerhouse win because we had to fight extra hard for the result.”

Burnley, who have opened up a 13-point gap at the summit of the Lancashire League table, host Accrington at Turf Moor tomorrow before welcoming Thornton Cleveleys 24 hours later in the LCB Knockout Cup.

“We’ve not extended the lead all that much,” Tripathi added. “We’re not protective over our place in the table but we’re keen to keep doing what we’re doing. One defeat for us could easily close everything back up again. We’re just taking each game as it comes.

“We want to protect our lead as much as we can by winning games of cricket. We’re flourishing at the moment.”

Meanwhile the West Enders, who occupy second spot, travel to Dill Hall Lane to take on Enfield tomorrow before taking on Blackpool in the county cup competition on Sunday.

“We’re just taking it one game at a time,” said chairman Stan Heaton.

“We were disappointed to lost to Burnley the other week, particularly with the fashion that we did it in, but we’ve just got to carry on as normal as it’s only one defeat.

“We won’t be far off come the end of the season if our record remains similar. The players have got the right mentality and it’s one that we all share at the club. They will bounce back.”

Heaton added: “We’ve got a tough game on Saturday, even though Enfield haven’t had the best of starts.

“And we’ve got an interesting situation on Sunday against Blackpool because we don’t have a professional.

“Cobus (Pienaar) is with his wife following the birth of their baby girl, Lynicke, and the rules of that competition state that you can’t field a sub pro.

“We have 11 very good amateurs though and it means that nobody has to miss out. Blackpool have got a good reputation and it will be a tough challenge. But we want to progress.”

• Burnley host Colne in the Pride of Pendle Group in the Twenty20 competition tonight while the West Enders visit Bentgate to take on Haslingden.