Dawson in great form on return to Walsden

OPENER Matthew Dawson is making his presence felt with Walsden.

While the club had a hiccup after a flying start to the season, Dawson established his credentials with another two fine innings.

After good knocks in the club’s opening games he piled on the pressure over the weekend scoring heavily in games on Saturday and Sunday.

While his side could not quite hold Royton on Saturday, he top scored with 75 as they lost by four wickets.

But on Sunday he went even better hitting 86 as Walsden beat Rochdale by 39 runs.

Against Royton he was well supported by Kris Halstead (32) and Jake Hooson (26) as Walsden reached 188 for nine.

In reply the home side hit 191 for six with Andrew Butcher taking three wickets for 30.

On Sunday at Scott Street, Walsden were in command hitting 250 for nine, with Dawson being supported by sub-pro Amila Weththasinghe, who hit 54 and also took two wickets, Jamie Shackleton (31no) and Josh Gale (25).

Shackleton took three wickets for 35 as Rochdale could only make 211 all out in reply.

It was a high scoring weekend for Walsden seconds as they scored 295 on Saturday and 282 on Sunday but only won one of the games.

On the Saturday they scored 295 for four at home to Royton with Stuart Hanson top scoring on 84, well supported by Josh Gale (65), Mark Hooson (44) and D.Bailey (50).

They then skittled Royton out for 164 with Josh Barnes taking five for 45 including a hat trick.

On Sunday at Rochdale they hit 282 all out with Stuart Hanson again top scoring on 78.

But they could do nothing against Rochdale’s A.Ahmed who hit 166 not out in Rochdale’s total of 350 for seven.

There were three wickets each for Joe Gale and Stuart Hanson.

l James Rawlinson returned as sub-pro when Walsden took on Crompton in the first Twenty/20 of the season.

He top scored with 54 in Walsden’s 147 for five. Crompton were then bowled out for 129 with Elliott Gilford being the pick of the bowlers with three for 19.