Leaders Lowerhouse take derby honours

Lowerhouse cemented their place at the top of the Fosters Lancashire League table after crushing derby rivals Burnley at the Neville Gee Recruitment Ground on Sunday.

In times gone by, Burnley were the dominant force in town, but the roles have been well and truly reversed, with the West Enders romping to a 110-run success against the Turf Moor side, who prop up the table with only one league win all season.

Jonny Whitehead for Lowerhouse in their game against Burnley

Jonny Whitehead for Lowerhouse in their game against Burnley

Lowerhouse skipper Charlie Cottam won the toss and chose to bat in glorious conditions, in front of a sizeable crowd.

But Burnley struck the first blow as opener Fergus Bailey fell without scoring, caught by Jonathan Clare off Graham Lalor.

Jonny Whitehead and Ben Heap calmed things down, moving to 40 after 10 overs, with Whitehead dishing out some punishment to fellow Lancashire man Cole Hayman in particular.

Whitehead clubbed Lalor for a huge six before being bowled next ball for 27 at 47.

Lowerhouse continued to build, as Heap and professional Cobus Pienaar added 28, before Pienaar was trapped by Jhangir Liaqat for 17.

Matt Walker (2) followed at 93, caught behind by Chris Burton off Hayman, but Heap carried on towards his half-century.

He reached 50 with the score at 113-4 with 23 overs left, but seven runs later he was bowled by Burnley skipper Bharat Tripathi for 53, which included 10 fours.

Declan Bailey crashed 28 before being next out at 138, caught by Clare off Tripathi.

Joe Martin was stumped off professional Chris Holt for five, but Joe Hawke (36) and Chris Bleazard (29 not out) continued to take the game to the visitors, adding 43 in just over six overs, before the former was caught at third man by Josh Whitehead off Liaqat.

Cottam added an unbeaten five with Bleazard as Lowerhouse closed on 216-8.

Burnley were up against it from the off in reply.

Pienaar bowled Burton for three, and Dan Pickup followed for one, bowled by Hawke.

Whitehead was caught at second slip by Heap off Hawke, and when Clare was caught by wicketkeeper Joe Martin off Pienaar for five, Burnley were 12-4.

Two more wickets fell with the score on 28, Holt to Pienaar and Tripathi to Hawke, both caught again by Joe Martin, and Steve Brunt followed at 37, with Martin and Hawke combining again for their fourth victims.

There was some resistance from Michael Kelly (17), Hayman (24), and Liaqat (15), taking the score to 106 all out, but Hawke ended with 4-23 off nine overs, Pienaar 3-14 off five, and Joe Martin claimed five catches in a comprehensive derby success.

This weekend, Burnley host Ramsbottom and Lowerhouse are at Haslingden on Saturday, and the following day, Lowerhouse entertain Bacup and Burnley make the trip to Rawtenstall.

In the 20/20 competition, Lowerhouse are at home to Todmorden on Friday night.