Phil Bird’s weekend cricket review

In the Lancashire League, Burnley beat Worsley Cup winners Darwen by eight wickets at Turf Moor. Substitute professional Daryn Smit took five wickets as Darwen were bowled out for just 102. 

Lowerhouse won the battle of the title challengers at Scott Street. In a rain affected game, Lowerhouse were bowled out for 124 with Walsden paid man Umesh Karunaratne taking six for 24. The holders were 62 for 6, and behind on run rate, when the rain came. Toqir Hussain took five for 33. 

Burnley are top, Walsden second and Lowerhouse third but only three points separate the three clubs in what promises to be a titanic tussle. 

On Saturday, Darwen beat Todmorden to win the Worsley Cup for the second time. John Cordingley got the man of the match award as Darwen got home by six wickets. He scored 51 not out in a total of 138 for 4. 
In the Second Division, Nelson got a welcome win beating bottom club Milnrow by eight wickets at Seedhill. Professional Sanjika Ridma took five for 19 as the visitors were bowled out for 85. 

Leaders Colne were denied by the weather at Bentgate. Haslingden were bowled out for just 86 with James Price taking 7 for 32. Colne were 33 for 2 when the game was abandoned. 
Sadly, the Ribblesdale League fixtures were decimated on Saturday. Whalley v Read and Padiham v Oswaldtwistle were both postponed without a ball being bowled. 
On Sunday, Read won the Ramsbottom Cup beating Brinscall by 92 runs at Back Lane. Read scored 164 for 7 off their overs and then bowled Brinscall out for just 72. 

Burnley On This Daychronicles, in diary form, all the major events of Burnley FC’s illustrious history. There is an entry for every day looking at all the big matches, promotions, cup runs, relegations, hat-tricks and transfers. Read how this club from a northern mill town fought back from near oblivion to sit amongst the elite once more.

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