Clifton have no answer to Walsden attack

Walsden's Jamie Shackleton bowling against Clifton
Walsden's Jamie Shackleton bowling against Clifton

IT was a great team effort by Walsden, who won by 113 runs at home to Clifton in the Central Lancashire League.

All the home top order contributed with runs, while the four bowlers all shared the wickets.

Walsden got off to a great start with Jake Hooson and James Rawlinson putting on an 88-run opening partnership.

Hooson ended on 42, while Rawlinson made 65.

They were well supported by Matthew Dawson, who hit 49 and professional Ranil Dhammika, who got 26.

While the rest of the team could not manage much between them, the top order had done enough to give Walsden a 233 total

Clifton’s top order in reply had no answer to the Walsden bowlers and Jamie Shackleton in particular, who got both openers with only 14 runs on the board.

He went on to take three for 50 and the other bowlers, Dhammika, Hamish Kyne and Stevie Barker all go two wickets each.

l WALSDEN seconds put up a decent show to record 212 for five in their innings.

But in a tight finish, visitors Clifton reached 213 for six to win by four wickets with an over to spare.

Danny Bailey top scored for Walsden with 50, well supported by Stuart Hanson (48) and Joe Gale (43).

Josh Barnes was the pick of the Walsden bowlers, with figures of four for 25.

l THERE was a second senior century for youngster Joe Gale as Walsden’s third team beat Middleton by 85 runs at Scott Street.

Batting at No 6, the 16-year-old made exactly 100 as Walsden reached 261 for seven.

He then took two wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 176.

There were also three wickets each for Tyson Illingworth and Cameron Sutcliffe.