Burnley hold on to the Worsley Cup!

Burnley became only the fifth side to retain the Worsley Cup in Lancashire League history on Saturday as they won by 80 runs at Rawtenstall.

Surprisingly Burnley were inserted into bat by home skipper Vinny Hanson, and were soon into their stride.

Jahangir Liaqat celebrates his first wicket of the innings.

Jahangir Liaqat celebrates his first wicket of the innings.

Daniel Pickup and professional Chris Holt (12) set up a platform, taking the score to 55 until Holt was bowled by off spinner Imran Abid with his first ball.

This brought in David Brown, who quickly set about the Rawtenstall attack and moved the score on to 137, until Pickup was out to veteran Keith Roscoe for a well-composed 53.

Brown continued his attack and raced to his 50 off 41 balls, including some massive sixes, as he took control.

Seemingly with over 300 in their sights, Rawtenstall fought back, however, with Roscoe getting the promoted Michael Kelly (7) caught, and golden arm Andy Riley with two crucial wickets including David Brown for 71 and wicket keeper Chris Burton (2).

This left Burnley on 181-5, with chairman Michael Brown and skipper Bharat Tripathi forced to rebuild the innings.

But just 10 runs later, Brown holed out to deep long on where Abid took a great catch, and it was left to the lower order to get a competitive score.

Tripathi (19) put on 32 with Josh Whitehead, and when he departed to a stumping from Roscoe (4-52 off 10), Cole Hayman arrived, and with some big hitting in the last few overs, including a few big sixes from Hayman (19) and Whitehead (27 not out), left the visitors to finish on 253.

In reply on a cold afternoon, Burnley looked for early wickets and despite a few lusty blows from Hanson (11), Jhangir Liaqat (2-28) bowled Hanson and then also dismissed Kershaw for 18.

Then when Graham Lalor (10 overs, 1-24) dismissed in- form Chris Cook-Martin for two, the openers had reduced Rawtenstall to 45-3 and put the hosts under pressure.

There was a good partnership of 61 between professional Brett Pelser and Pete Wrathmell (31) and at 106 were rebuilding the innings until Tripathi bowled Wrathmell.

This brought a collapse when Tripathi (2-13 off five overs) got George Bevan (5) out, and then it was down to the Hayman show as his second spell was quick and straight and soon reduced them to 126-7.

He got Nick Payne, caught too late trying to pull and was caught by Michael Brown, and Riley, bowled for one.

Pelser then took control of the innings but found support disappearing quickly as he majestically went through the gears, hitting the boundary at will, but Hayman had different ideas as he dismissed Holder (2), Abid (1) and had Roscoe lbw first ball to win the game by 80 runs.

Hayman ended with man of the match figures of 5-39 and the celebrations started!

Sunday saw Burnley entertain East Lancs in the league, and with rain forecasted were inserted and got to 68-2 when the first rain shower came after 28 overs, which lasted 70 minutes and reduced the game to a 38-over game.

Holt had anchored the innings with a fine 54 on a slow and wet track where stroke play was difficult, despite the early loss of Pickup for three.

The inclement weather included a fierce wind which made the umpires take off the bails for long periods and brought the odd dismissal of Whitehead for 0, when he was bowled and the umpire had to give him out as no bails were used at the time.

Burton grafted for 17 and Tripathi hit 24 not out until the rain came again and took the last four overs off the innings .

No further play was achieved and both sides claimed three points each.