Burnley off the mark in mini-derby as professional claims eight-wicket haul

Quasim Ali
Quasim Ali

BURNLEY earned their first win of the season at the fourth attempt on Sunday as professional Adnan Rasool took 8-23 to blow Colne away in a 184-run success.

Steve Brunt’s side needed a response in the mini-derby, after a third defeat the previous day at Haslingden, and, having won the toss, decided to bat.

Burnley got off to a quick start and were 98-2 off 20 overs, with Qasim Ali dominating the innings on the way to a special 114 off 103 balls, before he was out with over 15 overs left.

This left a platform for the other batters as Rasool (38) and Brunt (27) both scored at a run a ball to finish on 258 - the biggest Lancashire League score of the day, which proved far too many for Colne.

In reply the visitors were always under pressure, especially with Cole Hayman (1-19) bowling quickly and Rasool offering control to spin them out with figures of 8-23 off 15 overs, while Bharat Tripathi also chipped in with a wicket.

Burnley had gone looking for their first win of the season at Haslingden on Saturday, but ended up missing opportunities to leave with a five-wicket defeat.

The locals were inserted and, in difficult batting conditions, were 94-3 with 20 overs to go with unfortunate run outs of Tripathi and Dan Pickup not helping the cause.

The innings was anchored by chairman Michael Brown, who scored 49, but after he was bowled, the innings subsided to 131 all out, with only Pickup (17), Brunt (16) and proffessional Rasool (11) in double figures.

In reply, Haslingden got off to a good start with too many extras given away.

The introduction of Rasool and James Capstick put the pressure on, but it was unlikely introduction of Brunt which got the breakthrough, getting the home captain Graham Knowles out.

This led to four wickets falling for the loss of just seven runs to spark the possibility of a win, but Haslingden pro Harry Boam saw them through with 45 not out, having given two chances earlier in his innings.

Burnley go to Ramsbottom in the league on Saturday, and then visit Nelson in the Worsley Cup on Sunday.