Double disappointment for Burnley as frail batting costs them dearly

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
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BURNLEY suffered double disappointment over the weekend, losing out in both the league and cup.

Steve Brunt’s side visited Ramsbottom in the league on Saturday, looking to build on their victory last week.

Ramsbottom won the toss and batted first on a damp wicket, and with Burnley opening with twin spinners in Bharat Tripathi and professional Adnan Rasool, who bowled throughout for figures of 2-86 off 25 overs, the localsy kept the run rate under control but couldn’t pick up wickets.

Cole Hayman took one wicket and Yakub Bhamji picked up two wickets at the end, but Ramsbottom professional Pieter Malan top-scored with 56 and late order hitting took their score to a commanding 218-5.

Burnley started their innings but collapsed to 23-6, with only Brunt getting in double figures.

It was only when Michael Kelly came in and scored 57 off 63 balls, with good support from Gus Whitehead and Hayman (both 14), that the score moved towards respectability, leaving Burnley all out for 132.

On Sunday, Burnley looked to progress to the next round of the Worsley Cup at Nelson, and won the toss and batted.

A good start by Qasim Ali (36) and Tripathi (21) took the score to 47 off the first 10 overs, but then they collapsed to 88-4, with Chris Burton (26) steadying the innings.

Then Brunt came to the crease at 102-5 and put on a competitive score with 40.

Burnley finished on 169, but were bowled out with two overs remaining, which proved crucial in the end.

Nelson replied and had an equally good start and were in the box seat at 95-2 at drinks, but Nelson’s dangerous professional Shahzaib Hasan had just been captured by Rasool for 30.

James Capstick (1-19 off 10 overs) and Michael Kelly (1-31 off 10) turned the pressure on that produced three suicidal runouts.

Nelson were left requiring 16 runs off the last two overs with two wickets left, and then six off the final over, but they got over the line with an edged four and two balls to spare.

Burnley are in 20/20 action on Friday at Lowerhouse, and then in the league at home on Sunday against Enfield.