Dawson retirement leaves Walsden with hole to fill

Walsden batsman Matthew Dawson
Walsden batsman Matthew Dawson

Matthew Dawson, a key figure in Walsden’s Central Lancashire League-winning side over the last two seasons, has announced his retirement from most forms of cricket.

The former Minor Counties wicketkeeper/batsman plans to play just some Twenty/20 matches for the Scott Street club next season.

Dawson said trying to manage his time between work, a young family and playing cricket had become too stressful.

He is the head coach at the Cricket Asylum in Sowerby Bridge, which entails weekend work, and he also has three children aged between three and 11.

Having topped the batting averages in 2012 with 812 runs at 40.6 and also claimed 38 victims behind the stumps, Dawson has had a relatively modest season by his standards in 2013.

He put that down to a hectic schedule which had left him mentally unprepared to play, rather than the back injury which has troubled him.

“It was more the fact that I am so busy. I was running to get to games and still running in my innings,” he said.

A Walsden CC product, he returned to the club three years ago after playing for Cheshire and club cricket in that county.

While Dawson is regarded as one of the older statesman in a young, improving Walsden side, he is still in his early 30s.

Walsden will no doubt hope that he misses playing early next season and will return to regular action at some stage in the future.

Danny Brown deputised for Dawson behind the stumps on a few occasions this summer and did a decent job.

Todmorden CC’s junior and senior presentation takes place at the Centre Vale club tomorrow (7.30pm). Players, members and friends are encouraged to attend.