So far so good for Walsden but some batsmen yet to hit form

Walsden CC, from the left, back: Stevie Barker, Jamie Shackleton, Nick Barker, Joe Gale, Joe Hanson and Shubham Harkal, and, front, Jake Hooson, Calum Rushton, James Rawlinson, Josh Gale and Umesh Karunaratne
Walsden CC, from the left, back: Stevie Barker, Jamie Shackleton, Nick Barker, Joe Gale, Joe Hanson and Shubham Harkal, and, front, Jake Hooson, Calum Rushton, James Rawlinson, Josh Gale and Umesh Karunaratne

Walsden have headed into June happy to be firing on all trophy fronts at first team level.

James Rawlinson’s men made it two wins out of two in their Twenty/20 group at Middleton last Friday and negotiated their first Wood Cup hurdle at Unsworth last Sunday.

They lie second in the Central Lancashire League, only one point behind champions Norden, and are through to the second round of the LCB Cup so there is still a chance of four pieces of silverware.

“Apart from one blip against Norden we have performed well so far,” said club spokesman Kenny Gale.

“It is early in the season and we just need to keep on a roll.”

Gale said the forecast for warmer weather was good news for the club’s batsmen.

A shortage of runs for the likes of Rawlinson, Jake Hooson and pro Umesh Karunaratne has been the only concern so far.

“The top order have been mis-firing a bit but hopefully the wickets will firm up and everyone can start to chip in,” he said.

Walsden had a minor scare in the Wood Cup when they slipped to 40 for four at Unsworth on Sunday, Josh Gale’s wickets having helped bowl out Unsworth for 123.

Stevie Barker and Matthew Dawson helped steady the ship and guide Walsden to a four-wicket win.

Walsden had also struggled with the bat at Middleton, who must have fancied their chances of an upset when limiting the visitors to 113 for six.

Not for the first time Walsden’s multi-pronged bowling attack tipped the scales back their side’s way, Middleton limping to 92 for nine after a promising start.

Walsden have a T20 trip to Milnrow on Friday followed by a return to Central Lancashire League action at home to fourth-placed Royton on Saturday.

Walsden’s seconds exited the Burton Cup at home to Unsworth last weekend.

Calum Rushton took three for 34 but the visitors’ 224 for eight total proved beyond them in spite of 41 from Andrew Butcher.