Champions are more than just average!

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Burnley pairing Vishal Tripathi and David Brown totalled 3,281 runs between them as the club landed a clean sweep of Lancashire League trophies.

The opening partnership hit 2,138 of those in the league as Burnley usurped rivals Lowerhouse as champions, while the remainder contributed to success in the Ron Singleton Trophy, the Twenty20 competition and the Worsley Cup as well as helping the club to the quarter-final of the LCB Knockout Cup.

Former Gloucestershire and Glamorgan cricketer Brown ended the league campaign with the best average of Burnley’s batsmen.

Despite Tripathi surpassing Jon Harvey’s amateur batting record, which had stood for 20 years, Brown had the superior average, accumulating 1,000 runs in 24 innings at 55.55 runs per outing.

Of the players to feature in 10 or more matches, Brown finished fourth in the league behind Accrington pro Ockert Erasmus (62.23), Rishton’s professional Kelly Smuts (68.21) and Ramsbottom paid man Daryn Smit (113.45).

Meanwhile, the most senior Tripathi sibling clocked up 1,138 runs in 26 matches, including a high score of 135, to average 47.41.

Jon Clare made up the pick of the club’s most prominent batsmen. The Derbyshire man struck 410 runs at an average of 45.55, including a high score of 116 not out, from 15 innings.

Professional Chris Holt’s total of 646 runs as an ever-present in the champions’ league campaign worked out at 28.08. Holt was also the league’s most prolific wicket-taker. The 26-year-old claimed 82 scalps, conceding an average of 11.59 runs per wicket. Holt registered best figures of 7-32, one of five 5-fers.

Of the individuals to deliver more than 500 balls throughout the term, Holt averaged the fourth best statistics behind Ramsbottom’s Simon Read (10.90), Todmorden’s Bilawal Bhatti (10.78) and Ramsbottom’s South African all-rounder Smit (8.18). Holt’s captain Bharat Tripathi was fifth (11.67) with 43 victims, with best figures of 5-37.

Other individuals to contribute to the champions’ 21 ins were Jhangir Liaqat as he added 37 wickets, including a best of 5-33, Cole Hayman with 30 wickets, with a best of 5-42, and Tom Lawson with 17 wickets, whose highlight of the term were figures of 3-13.

Outgoing champions Lowerhouse ended the season fourth, having reached the Worsley Cup and Twenty20 semi-finals.

All-rounder Matt Walker landed the mini double of 50 wickets and 500 runs.

The 22-year-old fired 611 runs at an average of 32.15 runs per match while adding 55 wickets. Walker’s best performance of the term saw him take 5-37.

South African professional Cobus Pienaar was the top scorer at Liverpool Road, hitting 619 runs at an average of 38.68. Jonny Whitehead scored 611 runs at 27.77, with a best innings of 95. Captain Charlie Cottam contributed 416 runs to the cause.

In the bowling ranks, Pienaar claimed 46 scalps from 1,489 deliveries, with a best of 6-38. Patrick Martin took 34 wickets, with his best display including figures of 7-69, while Fergus Bailey added 26 wickets with a best of 5-24.