Dawson stars with century as Walsden crush Oldham

Century: Matt Dawson
Century: Matt Dawson

IT was a weekend of success too for Walsden as both the first and second teams won both their matches.

It also meant semi-final dates for both teams in the Wood and Burton cups.

For the first team it was a trip to Oldham on both Saturday and Sunday and two convincing wins.

The bowlers did the damage in both the Wood Cup match on Sunday and the league match on Saturday.

But in the league game opener Matthew Dawson gave them a head start with an outstanding century as Walsden posted a score of 212 for seven.

When Oldham turned out to bat, they could not live with bowler Elliott Gilford, who ended with superb figures of seven for 21 as the home side were all out for 133.

They did not fare much better the next day, only scoring 92. Gilford was in the wickets again with three and there were also three for Martin Harlow and stand-in professional Anil Rideegammanageder.

Dawson could not repeat his innings of the previous day and only got seven, but Jake Hooson, who top scored with 44 and Kris Halstead (35) steered Walsden to victory at 93 for two.

l WALSDEN’S second team batsmen were in free scoring mode as they twice put Oldham to the sword at the weekend.

All the top and middle order contributed on both days. In the league on Saturday they smashed 338 for seven with Stuart Hanson top scoring on 97, supported by Chris Hanson (57) and Josh Highley (39).

Oldham could only must 141 all out with Josh Barnes taking four for 14.

Opener Highley top scored next day in the Burton Cup match with 91. Stuart Hanson was in the runs again with 79 and Josh Gale made 40 as they hit 327 for seven.

Oldham were skittled out for 113 with all six bowlers taking wickets.