It’s Burnley’s day as holders beat Nelson in the cup final
Nelson were unable to prevent Burnley creating history on Sunday by claiming their third-successive Worsley Cup triumph at Seedhill.
Burnley’s triumph was their ninth in total, drawing level with Nelson, as the league leaders continued their recent monopoly of the competition.
It was warm on Sunday and a good crowd turned out to watch.
Burnley won the toss, elected to bat, and made a solid start, with Vishal Tripathi and professional Chris Holt building sound innings.
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The 50 partnership came up in the 12th over as they saw off opening bowlers Sam Halstead and Richard Meade.
Tripathi also took captain Neil Thompson out of the attack with some big hitting.
Then a huge six off Harrison Phelan took Tripathi past his own personal 50.
The introduction of subpro Qaiser Abbas into the attack slowed the runrate and he soon collected his first wicket.
Holt was smartly caught at slip by Khurrum Nazir for 28, after hitting three fours.
Tripathi soon followed, swiftly stumped by Russell Bradley when he danced down the wicket to Abbas.
He had faced 80 balls and hit five fours and two sixes in compiling 60 runs.
David Brown made 13 before Phelan took a splendid return catch to dismiss him.
A 40 run stand for the fourth wicket developed but was ended with Phelan taking another catch, this time at square leg to dismiss Chris Burton for 17.
Wickets began to fall at regular intervals from this point with Michael Brown lbw to Nazir for 5, Steve Brunt well caught on the long off boundary by Thompson off Toxy Hussain for 11, and Jon Clare clean bowled by Abbas for 40.
Burnley’s tail failed to wag and Bharat Tripathi (3), Cole Hayman (2) and Jhangir Liaqat (5) fell in quick succession as they were 206 all out.
Abbas finished with 4-17 from 10 overs, while Nazir claimed four wickets too.
Nelson’s reply had hardly started when Russell Bradley was bowled by Liaqat for 2 and his brother Lewis, soon followed, caught behind off Clare for 12.
The best stand in the Nelson innings came next as Phelan and Abbas added 31.
Unfortunately for the home side, Phelan was then caught behind off Tom Lawson for 10.
The match was virtually over bar the shouting, when Abbas was also caught behind for 33. He had hit five fours off 38 balls and was the most likely batsman to take the match to Burnley.
He apparently thought he had hit the ball into the ground before the wicketkeeper caught it.
Nelson’s score went from 73-3 to 78-8 in 25 minutes as Thompson (6), Hussain (1), Nazir (1) and Halstead (2), all followed Abbas back to the pavilion.
Meade (5) and Uzair Khalid (2) were the other two batsmen to surrender as Nelson were bowled out for 88.
Holt came on to bowl with Nelson on 74-4 and finished with the amazing figures of 5-7 from six overs, helping Burnley to win by 118 runs.
Vishal Tripathi was named man of the match for his superb innings of 60 – the highest score of the match.
Burnley added the Worsley Cup to the Twenty20 and Ron Singleton Trophy wins, and now have the Lancashire League title in their sights.