Frustrating weekend for both Lowerhouse and Burnley

THREE WICKETS: Burnley captain Bharat Tripathi, seen here appealing for lbw in the derby against Lowerhouse last Sunday, took 3-43 against Accrington
THREE WICKETS: Burnley captain Bharat Tripathi, seen here appealing for lbw in the derby against Lowerhouse last Sunday, took 3-43 against Accrington

Lancashire League champions Lowerhouse suffered their first defeat of the season to Ramsbottom in a very close contest on Saturday.

And Burnley also went down to Accrington by 19 runs - with those two games the only fixtures to beat the weather on both days over the weekend.

At Ramsbottm, persistent rain had threatened to ruin any chance of play, but conditions improved and a 39-over game started at 2-18 p.m.

The visitors decided to bat and, despite the early exit of Ben Heap (2) and Joe Martin (1), were able to post an extremely competitive total of 178-5, due to an excellent 136 run partnership between Jonny Whitehead (84) and professional Francois Haasbroek (86).

After missing the two previous games with a dislocated finger, Whitehead stroked the ball to all parts with consummate ease, while Haasbroek reminded everybody that he is a genuine all-rounder by dominating the bowlers throughout his innings.

Ramsbottom’s response started disasterously as they were 4-2 after two overs.

Pieter Malan and Tom Parton steadied things but then Parton was dismissed by Hawke for 12 to leave the home side on 40-3.

They only managed to progress to 74-3 after 20 overs, and when they left the field for rain, they were way behind on run rate and the points seemed to be in the bag for the champions .

However, just as spectators began to make for the exit, the rain miraculously stopped and Ramsbottom were given a huge advantage, requiring just 81 from 12 overs.

The break certainly benefited the home side as Malan and Steve Dearden began to up the scoring rate. The ‘House pushed Ramsbottom right to the wire, but professional Malan would eventually end his match-winning innings on 74 as Ramsbottom reached their adjusted target with three balls remaining.

Sunday’s derby with Colne was washed out with Colne on 15-2 in the ninth over.

On Saturday, Lowerhouse are at Bacup, before entertaining Enfield in the Worsley Cup on Sunday.

Saturday saw league leaders Accrington arrive at Turf Moor, and weather looked to have won the day, but through patience and determination from both teams to get a game in, play started just after 3 p.m. in a 32-over game..

Accrington won the toss and elected to bat on a good wicket, but were pegged back by Graham Lalor, who took three early wickets and reduced the away side to 20-3.

Then a partnership of 50 between professional Ashar Zaidi and Stuart Crabtree (23) took the score to 70, before Burnley professional Adnan Rasool made the breakthrough and removed Crabtree. It was Zaidi who marshalled the Accrington innings with 84 off 80 balls to 170-7, with good support from the lower order to post a very competitive total, with captain Bharat Tripathi chipped in with 3-43 off nine overs.

Rain arrived during the tea interval and reduced the target to 144 off 25 overs and Burnley soon slipped to 20-2 until in form Qasim Ali smashed a quick fire 56 off 44 balls with no bowler being spared punishment. He was ably supported by the promoted Rasool, who was unlucky to be stumped for a hard-hitting 27 in a partnership of 73, but both batsmen fell to leave the home side 101-4 with 43 needed off 9 overs. The breaks were put on by David Ormerod (6-56) and Zaidi (2-56) and only Lalor got into double figures when Burnley were bowled out for 125 in the last over and collected four bonus points in the process in a game which swung both ways during the afternoon.

On Sunday Burnley travelled to Nelson but were frustrated with the weather with no chance of any play.

Next week Burnley are on their travels, playing Haslingden on Saturday with the first round of the cup at Bacup on Sunday.

Sunday’s abandoned games will now be replayed on Saturday, August 24th.