Burgess passes 50 wicket tally but rain costs Brinscall dear

Lee Burgess
Lee Burgess

A late downpour meant Liam Winstanley’s Brinscall slipped to a defeat against ever improving Cherry Tree.

In a rain affected tie, the match was reduced to 30 overs.

Skipper Winstanley won the all important toss and elected to bowl in seamer friendly conditions.

Cherry Tree lost captain Mark Hadfield early, the first of Lee Burgess’ six victims.

The visitors recovered after the loss of Hadfield but Burgess struck again with the score on 42 taking the wicket of Marc Burrows.

Amar Ullah (34) and professional Ruan Sadler (25) took Cherry Tree past 50 but the pair eventually fell to the bowling of Burgess.

The loss of Ullah and Sadler sparked an almighty collapse.

Sam MacLachlan removed Nas Iqbal before Burgess claimed his fifth taking the wicket of Saj Akhtar.

Burgess took his sixth and past 50 wickets for the season, then MacLachlan ran through the Cherry Tree lower order.

The visitors were at one point 97-4 and eventually collapsed to 121 all out.

Brinscall’s chase started badly, Phil Lowe dismissed caught behind off a climbing delivery from South African Sadler.

Zandre Cloete (1) soon followed, again caught behind off Sadler to leave Brinscall in a spot of bother.

Winstanley (17) and Stu Parker steadied things for a while before the latter was adjudged caught behind and Winstanley was given Leg Before Wicket – despite clearly hitting the delivery prior to the ball striking his pads.

Paul Chaplin and Andy Whittle then gave the innings some momentum as the latter twice pulled Sadler to the boundary for four and then six to take Brinscall into the 70’s.

When Whittle was out, the rain came with seven overs to go and Brinscall looked as though they would be able to get home with a couple of decent overs.

However, the game was then abandoned and Brinscall picked up five points as a result of their notional target being reduced to 102.

The second team’s match against Oswaldtwistle Immanuel was abandoned.

Mark Winrow’s Euxton were without a game as it was their bye week.

On Saturday the sides meet in a crunch derby at Brinscall. Plenty will be on the line as Euxton look to avenge an early season defeat.

Start time will be 1.30.