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Burscough take advantage of Domigan's class
Friday 2nd July 2010

Burscough captain Lee Berrie believes that a more positive approach has been one of the keys to his team’s success this season.

The School Lane side lie third in the Second Division and go into tomorrow’s clash against leaders St Helens Recs having clocked up five wins in nine league games.

"We weren't aggressive enough in our batting or bowling last year," said Berrie as he sought to explain why Burscough finished 13th out of the 14 clubs in last season's First Division.

"That's changed this season, although it also helps that our New Zealand professional, Brendan Domigan, is one of the best players in the division. He's certainly the best bat and he's a more than useful bowler."

The statistics certainly back up the skipper's judgement about Domigan's batting prowess. The Kiwi has hit five fifties and one hundred in his eight innings this year, and his 54 not out in Burscough's nine wicket demolition of Parkfield Liscard last Saturday brought up his 500 for a season in which he currently averages 100.20.

"David Atherton's 24 wickets have been important too," Berrie pointed out. "We've been bowling first in a lot of games and he's dismissed key batsmen."

Domigan's runs and Atherton's wickets have helped to make Berrie's first summer as Burscough skipper easier than it might have been, although the 21 year old already had no doubts about taking on the job.

He said: "I was captain of the club's under 15 and under 18 sides so it was really a natural progression. Admittedly it was difficult at first but it helps having good players around you and I've got a very good vice captain in Mike Cooney."

However, despite his side's strengths, Berrie reckons his players will be taking on the future champions when they visit Ruskin Drive tomorrow and Burscough's objective is to make sure they join them in the First Division next season.

"St Helens Recs now have the resources to bring in a number of players and so I think they'll probably win the league," he said. "Our aim is to make sure we finish second and then we can show Brendan the standard of cricket he's helped us work towards. We'd like him to be with us next year."

Meanwhile, Burscough warm up for tomorrow's match with a Sportsman's Dinner this evening where former Everton captain, Dave Watson, is the speaker.