Burnley set up LCB derby after lead is cut in league

Vishal Tripathi for Burnley in their game against Lowerhouse
Vishal Tripathi for Burnley in their game against Lowerhouse
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Though Burnley’s Lancashire League lead was reduced over the weekend, Bharat Tripathi’s side continued their quest for an unprecedented haul of silverware.

The Ron Singleton (Colne) Trophy holders lost out by 113 runs against Ramsbottom at Acre Bottom as the table toppers’ advantage was cut to just 10 points.

But that reversal was sandwiched inbetween victories in the Twenty20 and the LCB Knockout Cup with Haslingden and Darwen the respective victims.

Burnley beat the former at Bentgate by three wickets on Friday evening to join Lowerhouse on eight points in the Pride of Pendle group of the limited overs competition.

Tripathi took the man of the match accolade for the tie, taking 5-22 as the home side culminated on 121-9 before following up with a knock of 27.

The visitors had slumped to 65-5 with David Brown (12), Waseem Furqan (15) and Chris Burton (16) all extinguished for double figures while professional Chris Holt and Michael Kelly failed to register a score. The youngest of the Tripathi siblings put on 42 with Steve Brunt (39) to steer Burnley to glory.

Last week the club set a record-breaking total of 371-7 against Ramsbottom in the Worsley Cup, with Jonathan Clare accumulating an amateur record individual score of 199, but Burnley faltered in the absence of the Derbyshire cricketer on this occasion.

Tom Parton and Callum Kay combined with an opening stand of 56 until the former chipped a return catch to Tripathi. The visiting skipper struck immediately to send Richard Rothwell packing, but the 25-year-old was denied a hat-trick by Ramsbottom’s South African paid man Daryn Smit who celebrated re-signing for the club with a top score of 51 in his side’s 187-9.

Tripathi went on to take another five-fer, this time at the expense of 45 runs from a 17-over spell, with Kay becoming his third victim when caught in the deep by Tom Lawson for 16.

Martin Cropper was clean bowled by the Burnley captain without adding to the score while Dale Gabriel became the final scalp when hoisting Tripathi to Michael Brown on the deep mid-wicket boundary.

Gabriel (46) had preceded that exit with a fine stand of 79 alongside Smit after Brad and Jon Fielding had posted 13 runs between them. Burnley paid man Holt then dealt with Smit and Simon Read but the resistance of Andy Holt and Michael Haslam prevented the visitors from gaining the bowling bonus points.

Read then tore through the away side’s batting line-up to dismiss the leaders for just 74. Holt fell for five, both Browns without scoring, Michael Kelly for six, skipper Tripathi for one and Vishal Tripathi for a top score of 23. Smit picked up 3-5 sending back Chris Burton (11), Waseem Furqan (6) and Lawson without scoring to wrap up a sensational win.

Elsewhere, Burnley set up a mouth-watering county cup quarter-final tie with Ribblesdale Cricket League champions Clitheroe on July 26th courtesy of a 10-wicket win over Darwen at Turf Moor.

Unbeaten centuries by professional Holt and Vishal Tripathi made light work of a target of 221 from 39 overs after rain had knocked six overs off the match.

Darwen professional Khaya Zondo made an unbeaten 112 in the visitors 220-3. There was no stopping Holt and Tripathi after the resumption with Holt hitting thirteen fours from 111 balls in making an unbeaten 112 and Tripathi taking 97 balls over an unbeaten 104 that included nine fours and three sixes.