Burnley ready to dig deep in final

Burnley Cricket Club Versus Ramsbottom Cricket Club.'Burnley's Jonathan Clare makes a four.'2nd May 2015
Burnley Cricket Club Versus Ramsbottom Cricket Club.'Burnley's Jonathan Clare makes a four.'2nd May 2015
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Burnley go in search of the second of five potential trophies tonight at Rawtenstall in the final of the Lancashire League’s Twenty20.

But that doesn’t tell half the story of the weekend, as the league leaders then travel to Enfield on Saturday, before an interesting LCB Knockout quarter-final clash at Ribblesdale League champions Clitheroe on Sunday.

It is Burnley’s fifth triple header in a row, but captain Bharat Tripathi wouldn’t have it any other way.

Ahead of tonight’s final,m he said: “We’re obviously looking forward to it. Rawtenstall is a great place for a final.

“They beat us in the league and are certainly a dangerous side – they are a very good team with a good mixture of batting and bowling, and are attacking, so it will be very difficult.

“But we can’t wait.”

Burnley will have to do without wicketkeeper Chris Burton, semi-final hero Steve Brunt and Jon Clare – who is on duty with Derbyshire for their three-day game against Australia, which started yesterday.

In will come chairman Michael Brown, while and Gus Whitehead and Waseem Furqan will also play.

Tripathi feels there is sufficient depth within the squad: “We’re pleased for Jonny and hope he goes well, it just means we will have to dig deep.

“It’s great to have Michael available, and Russ and Wassem have done well for us as well.”

Having already won the Ron Singleton Trophy, Burnley are in two finals – tonight and the Worsley Cup at Nelson – as well as topping the league table and reaching the last eight of the Lancashire Knockout, and Tripathi admits it is only natural to dream of winning all five: “It is in the back of people’s minds, but it is a case now that every single game is season-defining.

“We can’t look too far ahead, but it’s a thrilling challenge.

“It would be nice to do it, but we’re just trying to enjoy the process and look at what we achieve at the end of the season.

“We’ve already had some great moments, and we’d love to have some more.

“The spirit is as good as I can remember.”

The entire club is together in the first team’s bid for history, as Tripathi explained: “It’s not just about the first team, it’s the club as a whole, the junior section, the seconds and thirds, the members and supporters – it’s a nice environment and makes it more satisfying when we do well.”

After taking their eight-point league lead to Enfield, Burnley are at Clitheroe – who could well join the Lancashire League under the forthcoming expansion, and Tripathi added: “A lot of people will look at it as a case of which league is better, but it’s just another game for us, and maybe a taste of what is to come.”

Lowerhouse, meanwhile, are at home to Ramsbottom tomorrow in a battle of third versus second.