Burnley taste double dose of league defeat

Burnley CC Celebrate winning the Worsley Cup
Burnley CC Celebrate winning the Worsley Cup

Burnley slipped to three defeats in succession in the opening of their Fosters Lancashire League campaign as Todmorden and champions Accrington took the spoils over double-header weekend.

At Centre Vale on Saturday, after winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors were soon in trouble at 30-3 with only Daniel Pickup standing firm with 40 to hold the innings together.

Todmorden pro ripped through Burnley, taking the first five scalps in an exhibition of swing bowling to leave the visitors in a perilous position of 79-6 with 20 overs left.

The away side were reliant on chairman Michael Brown (63 not out) and his partnership with Steve Brunt (38) to make their tally more competitive, climbing to 194-9 in a stand of 106.

In reply youngster Tom Lawson struck early removing the dangerous Simon Newbitt but the visitors recovered from 85-4 to 144 courtesy of a 59-run partnership between Neser and captain Andrew Sutcliffe.

Tripathi took two quick wickets to put the game in the balance but the home side went on to record a four-wicket win.

On Sunday, Accrington could’ve been vulnerable after sliding to defeat at home to East Lancs 24 hours earlier, but Burnley failed to capitalise and lost in their first match at Turf Moor.

After being reduced to 87-6, Jonathan Clare returned from county duty to put up some resistance with 32 but he fell to a close run out decision.

The lower middle order combined to restore some parity with Whitehead (14), Michael Kelly (29) and Lalor (34 not out) contributing to a 168 total.

In reply the visitors lost an early wicket to Tripathi but then opener Simon Hanson (76 not out) and Graham Lloyd (37) put on a quick 68 run partnership to put the champions in control until Holt took two quick wickets to reduce them to 112-3. But the visitors eventually cruised to victory with 10 overs to spare with Burnley’s Tom Lawson the only other bowler to make a breakthrough.

It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for Lowerhouse who recovered from Saturday’s reversal to Rawtenstall to beat previously unbeaten Enfield.

In a rain-affected game at the Neville Gee (Recruitment) Ground, the away side put on 133 from their allotted 33 overs.

Jonathan Finch took three wickets at the expense of 39 runs while pro Cobus Pienaar, Fergus Bailey and Joe Hawke took two wickets apiece .

However, Daniel Barlow top scored with 43 while paid man Brett Pelser added 32 to push the visitors on.

In the response, Pelser struck with 5-29 to severely restrict the hosts who limped to a 24-run loss. The West Enders failed to recover from 3-8, though Finch (20) and Chris Bleazard (48 not out) battled back.

But ‘House did get off the mark at Dill Hall Lane. Pienaar top-scored with 69 in the away side’s 214-6 total. The South African hit 10 fours from 93 balls to put on 102 with Finch (44) after the visitors had fallen to 2-3.

Hawke then smashed an unbeaten half century, with four fours and three sixes, to edge the match out of reach of Enfield.

The hosts started well as professional Werner Coetsee (51) and Greg Jones (46) put on 95 for the second wicket. But wickets soon fell at regular intervals with Paddy Martin (4-38) and Matt Walker (4-14) doing the damage in a 57-run win.

Meanwhile, Padiham skipper Callum Clarke starred in his side’s 31-run win over Brinscall.

Clarke struck 63 in Padiham’s 184-run total at the Arbories.

Read also cantered to victory against Great Harwood to register back-to-back wins.

Kyle O’Connor’s side triumphed by 94 runs at The Cliffe to continue their ‘perfect’ start.