Holt backing Burnley to turn the corner

Chris Holt

Chris Holt

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

UPBEAT professional Chris Holt is sure Burnley will turn the corner soon – but admits there is a sense of frustration around Turf Moor after the pre-season title favourites lost their opening four Foster’s Lancashire League games.

The 25-year-old is in his first season as Burnley professional after he shone previously for Read and Padiham in the Ribblesdale League and he says he and his team-mates exected a better start and are determined to reverse their fortunes.

And the Burnley-born left-arm spinner is sure his hometown club will build up their momentum when they land their first win – and is targeting his old Rishton mates on Saturday.

Holt played seven games for Rishton as substitute professional in 2011 and he smiled: “That would be a good place to start winning.

“To be honest I haven’t seen much of the Rishton lads since but I really enjoyed that short spell with them – and I am sure there will be a bit of chat on Saturday.

“But the main thing is to try and get that first win and the sooner we get it the better and I think when we do we are capable of going on a run.”

Last year’s Worsley Cup winners were tipped to take the league by storm this season but have had their colours lowered by Haslingden, Todmorden, Accrington and Bacup in their first four league matches.

“That obviously wasn’t the start we were after,” added Holt. “But there is enough talent in this team to turn it around.

Cricket is a game of fine margins and a few things have gone against us so far this year and personally I am enjoying it despite the results.”

Burnley did beat Bolton Association outfit Adlington in the first round of the Lancashire Cup on Bank Holiday Monday with Holt finding some form with the bat and he admits Sunday’s Lancashire League washout came at the wrong time.

“We got that cup win and we were all raring to go for the Nelson match on Sunday,” he added. “We were looking at that game as one to get the first league win so when the rain came it was frustrating for us all.

“But there was no chance of playing. If you looked at the weather on Friday and Saturday it was doubtful and then we had more rain on Sunday and there was no chance.

“We go again at Rishton on Saturday and then it’s the Worsley Cup on Sunday and I guess everyone will be coming at us to try and shoot us down as we are the holders.

“But we are looking forward to that challenge.”

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