Hooson century in glorious weekend for Walsden

James Rawlinson in typical action for Walsden at the 20/20, while Todmorden wicketkeeper Joe Hanson looks on
James Rawlinson in typical action for Walsden at the 20/20, while Todmorden wicketkeeper Joe Hanson looks on

A CENTURY for Jake Hooson in the Wood Cup and five wickets the day before for Stevie Barker were the highlights of a glorious weekend for Walsden.

It meant two great home wins for the Scott Street club, one in the Central Lancashire League and the other in the Wood Cup.

It followed a win over neighbours Todmorden in a 20/20 match on the Friday.

There were some great innings by the Walsden batsmen over the two weekend games

The highlight was opener Hooson’s unbeaten ton in the Wood Cup win over Ashton on Sunday.

But he and fellow opener James Rawlinson both scored heavily in the two games.

Hooson hit 43 in the 56-run league win over Royton while his fellow opener Rawlinson top scored with 76.

The next day Rawlinson hit 36 in the Wood Cup and professional Ranil Dhammika contributed 52 as Walsden roared to a total of 268 for five.

They then proceeded to bowl Ashton out for 104 with all the bowlers taking wickets and Hamish Kyne grabbing four of them for 19 runs.

The day before was similar with Walsden hitting 217 for four in the league against Royton to give their bowlers a real chance.

Stevie Barker was the main one to take advantage, recording figures of five for 25 as Walsden ran out winners by 56 runs as Royton were bowled out for 161.

Dhammika also weighed in with three wickets.

l IT was a great double-winning weekend too for Walsden’s second team, grabbing victories in the league and the Burton Cup.

In the cup they completely outplayed Ashton and skittled them out for 48, with Josh Barnes taking six for 17.

They were chasing a Walsden total of 237 for seven in which all the Walsden batsmen contributed, with Stuart Hanson top scoring on 50.

The day before, it was closer as they beat Royton by 85 runs.

Stuart Hanson again got 38 runs and Danny Bailey 41, although Paul Marrow was unbeaten on 50 as Walsden reached 219 for seven.

In reply Royton were all out for 134 with Hanson and Martin Harlow taking three wickets each.