Barker hails Walsden’s 2013 campaign as club’s best ever

Walsden's 2013 pro Richard Sladdin (back left) with some of the junior prize winners, from the left, back row:  Josh Gale, Oliver Whitehead, Sam Battersby , Dylan Yates. Front: Cabhan Hilton, Jack Halstead, Ben Godsman and Dylan Ryder
Walsden's 2013 pro Richard Sladdin (back left) with some of the junior prize winners, from the left, back row: Josh Gale, Oliver Whitehead, Sam Battersby , Dylan Yates. Front: Cabhan Hilton, Jack Halstead, Ben Godsman and Dylan Ryder

Walsden C & BC’s 2013 season was hailed by secretary Chris Barker as the best in the club’s history at last Friday’s annual general meeting.

Barker, in his annual report, said an investigation by the taxman - which had come to nothing - and the enforced signing of a local professional, had meant a difficult build-up to the Central Lancashire League campaign.

“Few people then could have envisaged our club in 2013 having the most successful season in its long history,” he said.

Chris Dewhirst’s firsts retained the title and reached the Wood Cup final while Stuart Hanson’s seconds were champions and reached the Burton Cup final.

Barker added: “Both teams’ combined points total meant that we also won the aggregate trophy for the fourth time in the last seven seasons - a truly remarkable effort.”

Success wasn’t limited to the seniors with the under 18s joint league champions.

Barker said the club continued to step forward off the field with superb new practice facilities and the current changing room improvements: “It should ensure that our club will have some of the finest all-round facilities not only in our league but in the surrounding area - something we can all be proud of.”

Prize winners - firsts: batting, N.Barker; bowling, Joe Gale; all-rounder J.Hooson. Seconds: batting, K.Halstead; bowling, M.Harlow; all-rounder, S.Hanson. Thirds: batting, J.Battersby; bowling, G.Connor; all-rounder, J.Battersby. Under 18s: batting, bowling and all-rounder, Josh Gale. Under 15s: batting, D.Yates; bowling, K.Hudson; all-rounder and most improved, S.Battersby. Under 13s: batting, bowling and all-rounder, O.Whitehead. Most improved: D.Ryder. Under 11s: batting, J.Hall; bowling, C.Hilton; all-rounder, J.Halstead;most improved, B.Godsman.