Burnley blown away by title-chasing Accrington

Paul Moritmer
Paul Moritmer

SATURDAY saw the visit of title contenders Accrington to Turf Moor, and they left with a 91-run victory.

Accrington won the toss and unsurprisingly batted first on a flat batting pitch which looked laden with runs, and so it turned out.

The visitors were kept in check in the early overs by a good opening spell by Paul Moritmer, but there were too many extras which took the pressure off.

In total there were 31 wides bowled in the innings!

The visitors were reduced to 77-2, but that brought in their in-form professional Ashar Zaidi who smashed 86 in 60 balls and, in combination with Simon Hanson, put on a partnership of 164 to set up a final score of 283.

Imad Wasim took five wickets for 102 off his 19 overs and James Capstick bowled economically in taking 1-83 off 15.

Skipper Steve Brunt bowled the penultimate over and took 2-8 off his solitary over.

In reply, against tight bowling, Burnley couldn’t get momentum in their innings and a lack of positivity meant after 25 overs Burnley were only 59-2. After the drinks interval there was an increased tempo, but too much was left to be done and Burnley were all out for 192.

Despite an encouraging innings of 31 from Aidan Tate and a hard-hitting 21 from Michael Kelly, Burnley lost three mid-innings wickets for four runs in the 120s - Kelly, Brunt and professional Wasim (for a laboured 42) to stop any chance of chasing the large target.

There was late order hitting from Chris Burton (22), Mortimer (15) and an entertaining 16 not out from Capstick, but the locals ended up 91 runs short.

Sunday sees Burnley travel to Todmorden.