Burnley not out of the running - Pickup

Dan Pickup
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Dan Pickup is adamant that a couple of defeats doesn’t put Burnley out of the picture despite Walsden’s wonderful form.

Burnley have already slipped 22 points adrift of the Lancashire League leaders with just eight games gone having suffered setbacks against Todmorden and Church.

The table toppers, on the other hand, have forfeited just six bonus points all season though the Turf Moor skipper is predicting that there’s still time for change.

“It doesn’t put us out of the picture,” he said. “It’s not ideal but there’s still a long way to go and there’s still plenty of time. Walsden haven’t lost yet but there’s still plenty of twists and turns to come.”

The weekend’s result against their mid-table opposition came as a bit of a shock after six wins in succession.

The hosts were beaten by four wickets following an uncharacteristically poor showing with the bat as they were wiped out for 129 runs.

However, Pickup has identified another triple-header weekend as the perfect opportunity to bounce back.

They host Clitheroe in the Twenty20 this evening, face Darwen at Birch Hall in the league tomorrow and then travel to Rishton in the quarter-final of the Worsley Cup on Sunday.

“I hope we can bounce back,” Pickup said. “We’ve got three big games which is what you need when you’ve had a bad weekend.

“We were appalling on Saturday, we just didn’t turn up,

“It came out of the blue because we had been playing very well.

“They were a team that we expected to beat but we just threw one in. We had a nightmare.

“It’s hard to pinpoint what went wrong. We were without Chris Holt and we missed him more than I thought we would.

“But we’ve got plenty of depth in our batting so we should have had enough.”

He added: “Now we’ve got a few games to respond.

“If we win them all then we can write last weekend off and put it behind us.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to bounce back.”