Derby joy for Burnley in Twenty20

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BURNLEY visited Lowerhouse in the first local derby of the season on Friday - the first game of the twenty20 campaign.

With the glorious weather of sun and cloudless skies, the spectators packed Liverpool Road in a bumper crowd of almost 1,500 - the likes of which haven’t been seen since the West Enders’ 2004 Worsley Cup Final victory over Haslingden.

Lowerhouse elected to bat and were soon under pressure as Bharat Tripathi bowled Chris Bleazard for a duck in returning figures of 1-8 off his four overs.

Yakub Bhamji also claimed impressive figures of 4-15 off four overs including the Lowerhouse professional Francois Haasbroek, who held the innings together with 43 and only had support from Joe Hawke (16).

Burnley kept taking wickets with Michael Kelly (2-12 off three) and Burnley professional Adnan Rasool (2-25) restricting them to 105 off 20 overs.

In reply, Burnley started well and were 41 before Tripathi fell to Hasbroek for 14, but Qasim Ali continued his good form with a run-a-ball 50.

It was left to Dan Pickup and captain Steve Brunt to steer the visitors home with three wickets down and eight balls to spare.

On Sunday, back in league action, Burnley entertained Enfield on a scorching hot day and the home side won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat.

Ali and Tripathi (40) took the attack to the visitors and put on 138 for the first wicket at over four an over.

Ali eventually scored 83 at a run-a-ball and dominated the innings, but when he fell it was up to Chris Burton (44) and professional Rasool (32) to post a formidable score on a good batting track, where Burnley ended on 242-9.

In response, Cole Hayman bowled quickly and was too quick for the openers and had Hussain and professional Coetsee caught at slip, and combining with Rasool (4-43) reduced Enfield to 15-4.

They never recovered from this start and Bharat Tripathi (4-18) mopped up the tail to bowl them out for 104 to produce a winning margin of 138 runs.

Burnley host Nelson on Friday in the twenty20 and Accrington on Sunday.

Then they visit Lowerhouse in the first league meeting of the season on Monday.