Burnley pro Holt believes good times could be around the corner after double

Chris Holt

Chris Holt

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

CHRIS Holt says the mood around the Burnley camp has lifted through the roof after two weekend wins –and now the professional is gunning for three on the spin when his men collide with Nelson in the Moorhouse’s Twenty20 on Friday night.

Holt and company beat Todmorden in the Foster’s Worsley Cup on Saturday before thumping the same opposition in the league 24 hours later, the first win in the league for the pre-season title favourites who have endured a wretched start to the campaign.

And former Padiham paid man Holt believes the winning weekend can give Worsley Cup holders Burnley the perfect platform for a charge up the table.

“It was a great couple of days,” grinned Holt. “Two wins can make a heck of a difference to the spirit in the camp and we played really, really well both days.”

Chairman and former Middlesex, Hampshire and Surrey opener Michael Brown made the difference with a quite magnificent 74 not out in the Worsley Cup win while it was the bowlers who took centre stage as Burnley demolished Todmorden for just 68 at Myprotein Turf Moor on Sunday and Holt is full of praise for his team-mates.

“Michael’s knock on Saturday was one of the best I have seen,” he said. “Everyone knows how much class he has and what he has done in cricket but when you see an innings like that it shows what a different level he is to everyone else.

“I just wish he could play every week – and not just for his batting. He knows the game inside out and has everything worked out in his head while he is batting. There is never any panic from him. And he brings so much to the rest of the lads with his attitude and advice.

“And Sunday was an important game, we needed that first league win and it was the bowlers who did the business with Graham Lalor and Dan Pickup performing like demons and it was a really good display.”

Burnley are still bottom of the table and 64 points off the pace meaning a title challenge is probably out of the question – but Holt believes there is nothing stopping them making a charge up the table.

“Our start was dreadful,” he admitted. “We have had a bit of bad luck and not performed as we should but I believe we can go on a run.

“Nelson had a shaky start and then went on a winning run to charge up the league and there is nothing stopping us doing the same.

“We play them in the T20 on Friday night and if we can win that it will be three wins in three games in three different competitions and that can really boost us.

“We play Lowerhouse on Sunday in the derby and that will be a great game and we have a Worsley Cup semi-final to look forward to so there’s plenty to play for.”

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