Burnley’s new amateur batting record holder Vishal Tripathi says he’s been on Cloud Nine since surpassing Jon Harvey’s haul on the day that the club were crowned Lancashire League champions.
Harvey’s record of 1,014 runs in a season had stood for 20 years at Turf Moor until his successor hit 49 in a seven-wicket win over Haslingden on home soil at the weekend as Burnley made history by securing a clean sweep of senior silverware.
Tripathi then added a knock of 59 to the equation in a narrow loss to the Lowerhouse at the Neville Gee (Recruitment) Ground 24 hours later to take his total to 1,111 runs with two fixtures yet to play this term.
“I knew I had to get 12 runs,” said the opening batsman. “Everybody kept reminding me. I had a lot of good luck messages. I got past the 12-run mark with a six which meant I’d surpassed Jon Harvey’s record.
“People were applauding me and congratulating me and it was announced over the tannoy. I felt emotional at the time.
“The message of congratulations that meant the most was the one from Jon himself. I value him so much as a friend; he’s like a family member.
“When I was younger I called him Uncle Jon, and I sometimes still do. I played under him in 2006 and 2007. I have the utmost respect for him.
“To surpass his record was an honour. It really was special. Having him ring me up to congratulate me meant the world to me.”
Tripathi, who picked up his first trophy for Burnley under the stewardship of Harvey as the club won the championship for the first time in 27 years in 2006, is now closing in on 2,000 runs in all competitions.
Including the LCB Knockout Cup, the former Northamptonshire cricketer is just 40 runs shy of the milestone.
“I’m on Cloud Nine,” he said. “I think we all are. What we’ve achieved is unbelievable. We lost eight or nine league games on the trot last year so fast forward 12 months I don’t think anybody would have expected us to win four trophies.
“This has been the most successful season in the club’s history. We’ve set the standard in the Lancashire League because nobody has ever achieved a clean sweep of trophies. It’s been a special season for us.”
He added: “It’s super special but more importantly those runs have meant a lot to the team. It means more to me if my runs are influencing a result. The pleasing thing is that it’s paid dividends in winning trophies.
“It sounds weird that somebody has to try to beat my record now. To be in that position is great because the club has such a great history.
“To rub shoulders with people like Jon and Peter Brown, who scored a lot of runs for the club, is quite strange. It’s an honour because they’ve been major players.
“There’s two games left and I’m still targeting more runs. I’m closing in on 2,000 runs in all competitions and that would be a great way to top off the season.”
Burnley travel to Lanehead to face Bacup on Sunday while Lowerhouse host East Lancs on the penultimate weekend.