Fabulous weekend for the West Enders

Safely through: Burnley's Daniel Pickup in action with the ball in the Worsley Cup first round win over Colne on Sunday at Turf Moor
Safely through: Burnley's Daniel Pickup in action with the ball in the Worsley Cup first round win over Colne on Sunday at Turf Moor

It was a fabulous weekend for Lowerhouse, who stayed in touch at the top with a league win over Todmorden on Saturday, before a thrilling Worsley Cup victory over champions Accrington.

But while cup holders Burnley started their defence with a convincing win over Colne on Sunday, they remain rooted to the bottom of the Lancashire League without a victory in their opening five games after losing to Rishton on Saturday.

Lowerhouse professional Cobus Pienaar shone with the ball against Todmorden at the Neville Gee Recruitment Ground, taking 4-39, including a three wicket-maiden, in a 19-run success.

The South African’s trio of victims in that key over were Todmorden paid man Michael Neser, Paul Senior and Joe Hanson. Neser’s wicket in particular was vital, as the Australian seemed to be compiling a match-winning knock, having hit 11 fours in his 76.

But after being bowled by Pienaar, Todmorden collapsed from 145-6 to 153 all out.

Fergus Bailey took 3-40.

Earlier, Lowerhouse were bowled out for 172, with the evergreen Chris Bleazard top scoring with 46.

His partnership with Fergus Bailey (21), worth 54, for the eighth wicket, was pivotal, taking Lowerhouse from 103-7 towards a total that ultimately proved enough.

The following day, Lowerhouse earned their first-ever Worsley Cup win over Accrington, coming away from Thorneyholme Road with a nail-biting seven-wicket success.

The West Enders were dismissed for 209, with Pienaar hitting 104 off 125 deliveries, making the hosts pay for a dropped catch while on 14.

Joe Martin also contributed, making 30.

In reply, a third wicket stand of 123 between pro Ockert Erasmus (86) and Ramiz Hussain (58)took Accrington to the brink of victory, but when Pienaar saw off Erasmus, Accrington ran out of overs in their run chase.

Meanwhile, Burnley looked to get off the mark in the league but, in a tight finish, lost by two wickets against Rishton.

Burnley were inserted by Rishton and Chris Burton and Matt Tomlinson (16) put on 42 for the first wicket off 20 overs. This soon became 52-2 with the run out of Burton (27) after a brilliant stop at cover.

Jonathan Clare and skipper for the day Dan Pickup (22) took the score to 100 until Clare holed out with 12 overs remaining. Professional Chris Holt took up the scoring with 27, and contributions by Josh Whithead (10) and Paul Mortimer (12) saw Burnley finish on a competitive 163.

In reply Burnley reduced the home side to 14-2. Rishton professional Matt Holatt anchored the innings, but Burnley kept taking wickets through young Tom Lawson (1-39), and Whitehead (2-26).

With 10 overs remaining, the home side needed 40 to win, but despite a quality bowling performance by Holt (2-36 off 14), Holatt took the game with a four and a six in the last over.

Sunday saw Burnley beat Colne in the the Worsley Cup at Turf Moor.

The away side were inserted and Colne slipped to 24-2, Jehangir Liaqat taking both.

A couple of partnerships developed around professinal Ali Azmat (60) but scoring was hard with all bowlers keeping the pressure on. Holt took the wicket of Joel Duerden and a run out by Brunt started the collapse from 99-3 to 141 all out.

Liaqat finished with 4-15.

In reply David Brown opened with Pickup and fully took advantage of the fielding restrictions in the first 15 overs and eased to his 50 off only 30 balls and ended up with 82 off only 44 balls. He was ably supported by Clare (33 not out) to win in 17 overs.