Plenty on the line for Burnley in defining spell

Dan Pickup
Dan Pickup
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Dan Pickup can’t remember a time when Burnley had so much on the line in a single weekend.

The club have the opportunity to reach Twenty20 Finals Day this evening when they host Crompton at Turf Moor before welcoming rivals Lowerhouse for a Lancashire League derby tomorrow.

And to top it all off, they’ll then challenge Todmorden at Centre Vale on Sunday with a place in the final of the Worsley Cup at stake.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than this,” said the skipper. “It’s a season defining weekend for us. To win all three, getting to a Finals Day and a cup final, would be a dream.

“We’ve got a derby against Lowerhouse as well and they’re always big games regardless of our respective situations. We don’t need any motivating for that one.

“I can’t remember a time when there’s been so much on the line in one weekend. I can’t remember one that has been so packed. It’s the biggest weekend we’ve had for a while.

“You work so hard for so long to be involved in weekends like this. We’ve just got to make the most of it and grab the opportunity. We deserve to be here and now we need to capitalise on that.”

Burnley lost their third game of the campaign at the weekend, beaten by two wickets against Rishton at Blackburn Road.

They’re now 32 points adrift of unbeaten leaders Walsden, but Pickup isn’t giving up hope.

“Losing three games while Walsden haven’t lost yet has put us in a tough position,” he said. “

It’s still early and there’s still a lot that can happen. It can turn quickly.

“We just can’t afford any more slip ups. We’ve done well against the good sides and we’ve got to beat all these teams around us.”