Walsden have two wins in the bag ahead of busy weekend

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Walsden will head into a double weekend of Central Lancashire League action in good heart with two wins out of two so far.

They are at home to Monton and Weaste on Saturday and then travel to Littleborough on Sunday.

Skipper James Rawlinson has a slight hamstring strain and Matt Dawson a back problem after years of wicketkeeping, but the Scott Street men hope to be at full strength.

Walsden followed up their opening day win over Unsworth with a 41-run success at Heywood on Sunday.

The game didn’t get under way until 3pm because overnight rain had left areas of the square which had been professionally relaid over the winter in a muddy state.

Jake Hooson (39) and Rawlinson (30) gave the visitors a decent start in a game reduced to 34 overs per side.

The visitors’ progress was brought to a halt when Rawlinson’s runner, Joe Hanson, was run out.

Umesh Karunaratne departed after hitting a couple of boundaries but Dawson came up trumps with 51.

However, Walsden had to settle for a total of 169 for eight when they might have hoped for 180.

Much of the attention was on Kate Cross, a centrally contracted England player, who took one for 38 with her medium pace.

Heywood’s decision to open with a promoted second teamer backfired when he batted through for only 36.

The hosts had an over deducted, having taken too long to bowl their allocation, and they were up against it when Karunaratne dismissed the dangerous Bobby Cross for 22 and Jamie Shackleton accounted for stand-in pro Martin Walters, a South African who plays for Prestwich, for 17.

They were always behind the clock and finished on 128 for seven with Walsden taking maximum points, in spite of not bowling out their hosts, due to the overs reduction.

Karunaratne bowled tightly at one end while Josh Gale (four for 32) did damage.

Jon Lord, who scored almost 1,000 runs for Walsden seconds last season, hit 171 not out at home to Heywood last Sunday.

It helped his team top the 300-mark en route to a comfortable victory.

Mytholmroyd won a battle of Calder Valley teams in the Halifax League’s Sunday Section, Steve Senior’s unbeaten 91 helping them to a 16-run victory over Luddenden Foot.