Michael Brown inspires Worsley Cup victory for Burnley

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Burnley chairman Michael Brown helped bring 29 years of Worsley Cup hurt to an end at Turf Moor on Sunday.

The 33-year-old was named man of the match in the final as his unbeaten knock of 82 took the game away from fellow finalists Haslingden.

Burnley CC V's Haslingden CC in the Worsley Cup Final in Burnley 11.08.2013 Burnley CC Celebrate winning the Cup.

Burnley CC V's Haslingden CC in the Worsley Cup Final in Burnley 11.08.2013 Burnley CC Celebrate winning the Cup.

Burnley skipper Bharat Tripathi won the toss and opted to bat, though a shower delayed play by 20 minutes.

The hosts started well with openers Dan Pickup and Chris Burton providing the resolve that was needed for the opening wicket with a stand of 52.

But the 13th over proved unlucky for the latter as the partnership was brought to an end when visiting pair Jack Sudworth and Jack Taylor combined brought Burton’s innings to an end at 34.

In came Qasim Ali at number three and alongside Pickup the score continued to heighten. At the halfway point in the innings Burnley were five short of the ton with Pickup on 28 and Ali on 22.

The hosts struck 21 runs in the 29th over from Haslingden captain Graham Knowles as Ali reached 50 with three big sixes and in the following over the pair helped their side climb to the 150-run mark.

The home side had a brief wobble when losing Pickup (40) and Tripathi in quick succession with Burnley at 160-3.

Tripathi’s return to the pavilion paved the way for Brown to step in for a period which helped Burnley soar.

His innings started steadily when faced with Jordan Shannon and remained cool and composed following the exit of Ali who was caught by Lee Ingham just moments after smashing Jake Neary for six. Ali made 82 at a run a ball with seven fours and four sixes. Professional Adnan Rasool came in with Burnley 185-4.

Rasool and Brown brought 200 up with nine overs remaining but the Pakistani pro became Ingham’s next victim, caught from Neary’s delivery for 27 with the score on 234.

Haslingden paid man Brenton Parchment continued to make breakthroughs, taking the scalps of Michael Kelly and Steve Brunt but Brown continually energised Burnley’s batting order.

Parchment ended Cole Hayman’s brief innings at 259 but Matt Griffin’s final over proved a productive one for Burnley with Brown hitting three successive sixes off the medium pacer who went for 24 to leave the one-time county star unbeaten on 82 from just 53 balls with seven fours and three sixes. Parchment finished with 3-44.

In the reply, Haslingden faced a tough task from the off as Graham Lalor sent Taylor and Knowles packing with the away side stuttering on 12-2.

Parchment (73) and Phil Hayes steadied the ship as the pair forged a partnership worth 113 runs but it was downhill when Rasool scattered the West Indian’s wickets.

Ingham and Griffin went in quick succession before Muneeb Ahmed (10) was caught by Ali from Kelly’s delivery to take the score to 154-6.

Hayes completed his half-century in the following over but he soon fell to new bowler James Capstick thanks to a well judged catch by Brunt at long off. Capstick struck again to remove Alex Marcroft for 14 and Tripathi accounted for Shannon (10) to have Burnley on the brink of victory.

Capstick finished with 3-19 with the final wicket of Neary to give Burnley an 85 run triumph and their seventh Worsley Cup win.