Topsy turvy weekend for Burnley Cricket Club

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly

BURNLEY had a mixed weekend results-wise after another topsy turvy Lancashire League weekend.

Bharat Tripathi’s side entertained Church after comfortably beating them a couple of weekends ago, but they got their revenge with a comprehensive 96-run win on a flat batting track at Turf Moor.

Church won the toss and batted first, and a very hostile spell from Cole Hayman got an early wicket, while an intriguing contest with Church opener Levi Wolfenden developed, as he took him on and rode his luck and ended with a top-edged six over third man.

Hayman then came back and bounced out dangerman Lloyd Aspin, and this, in combination with Lalor (1-18), controlled the game early on.

The visitors’ innings was built on a 72-run stand with professional Saeed Anwar and captain Craig Fergusson, and at drinks with 16 overs gone, they were 124-3 - a great platform to build on.

Straight after drinks, captain Tripathi got Anwar lbw and then Burnley turned the screw and restricted Church to 199-7, but it could have been better if a few decisions had gone the home side’s way.

In reply, Burnley threw wickets away with some poor shot selection and a mixture of poor umpiring decisions, reducing the home side to 59-8, before a spirited stand of 40 from professional Adnan Rasool (33 not out) and Lalor (17), but they subsided to 100 all out.

On Sunday, Burnley looked to avenge the defeat last week by visiting Rishton, and with rain around, with both captains looking to get a game in under trying circumstances, managed to get a 23-over match, which was later reduced to 22 overs.

Burnley won the toss and batted, but collapsed to 5-3 but with chairman Michael Brown (48) and Michael Kelly (56) the backbone of the innings in a partnership of 85, leading to a very competitive 132-8.

In reply, with rain in the air, there was a opening partnership of 45, and, staying up with the run rate, it was captain Tripathi (4-35 off seven) who took the early wicket, and professional Rasool (4-45 off 10.5) pushed the run rate up all the time.

It was arguably the fielding which won the game with some fine stops and also the running out of in-form professional Salpietro for 33 which turned the game Burnley’s way.

The home side collapsed from 95-3 to 111 all out with one ball left to give Burnley maximum points.

Burnley visit Rawtenstall on Sunday.