Clare ton keeps Burnley on top

Chris Holt batting against Thornton Cleveleys on Sunday
Chris Holt batting against Thornton Cleveleys on Sunday
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Burnley stretched their lead at the top of the Lancashire League table to 14 points after Jon Clare hit a century to help see off Accrington at MyProtein Turf Moor on Saturday.

Cole Hayman also claimed five wickets in a 68-run success.

Bharat Tripathi won the toss and chose to bat, with brother Vishal (34) opening with professional Chris Holt (26).

They shared 61 for the first wicket, with Tripathi moving past 4,000 league runs in the process.

David Brown aded a third-straight league 50, cracking 54 from 88 deliveries, while brother and chairman Michael made his seasonal debut, scoring 17, as Burnley clocked up 246-6.

Tom Lawson then took 2-30, including both openers Keiren Grimshaw (12) and Jon Hayhurst (7), before the Tripathis linked up to see off Jacob Clarke for 13.

However, paid man Ockert Erasmus and Ali Hasham put on 89 to bring the visitors back into contention.

Clare took a stunning catch to tip the scales back Burnley’s wat, seeing off Erasmus for 69, and Hasham followed in the next over for 44, out to Hayman.

Accrington went from 163-6 to 178 all out as Bharat Tripathi (3-43) and Hayman (5-42) mopped up the tail.

The following day, Burnley beat Thornton Cleveleys by 59 runs at Turf Moor in the LCB Knockout, and will now face Darwen at home in the next round.

Professional Holt top-scored with 80 off 110 balls, hitting 13 boundaries as the hosts made 230-9.

There were further decent contributions from Vishal Tripathi (34), Waseem Furqan (22), John Bushell (20 not out), Jhangir Liaqat (18 not out) and Matt Tomlinson (15).

Holt then claimed 3-44, Tom Lawson 3-25 and Liaqat 2-38 as Thornton were sent packing for 171, of which Taylor Cornall making 51 and Rob Dingle 48.

Friday night was the start of a hat-trick of wins for Burnley as they eased to a nine-wicket success over mini-derby rivals Colne at Turf Moor in the Twenty20 competition, to go top of the Pride of Pendle Group table.

Colne captain Matt Walker was in terrific form with 31 from just 30 balls, but he only found support in the form of Martin Kegg, who hit an unbeaten 20 from number 10.

Michael Kelly took 3-16, paid man Holt 2-13 and Bharat Tripathi 2-18 for Burnley.

Vishal Tripathi was clearly in a rush in reply as he hit an unbeaten 57 off 40 balls, including seven fours and three sixes, as Burnley passed the target in the 11th over, for the loss of one wicket, Gus Whitehead (9) at 37.

Clare also finished unbeaten on 19.

The weekend sees another triple header – on Saturday, in the Worsley Cup second round, Burnley host Ramsbottom and Lowerhouse are at Enfield; in the league on Sunday, Burnley are at Haslingden and Lowerhouse host Church.

On Friday in the Twenty20, Burnley are at Church and the West Enders entertain Bacup at Liverpool Road.