Walsden in good heart ahead of busy schedule

Jake Hooson
Jake Hooson

Walsden maintained their good start to the Central Lancashire League season with a Jake Hooson-inspired victory over Royton in a game affected by stoppages for poor weather.

Hooson made 73 not out, having earlier taken a couple of wickets, to help James Rawlinson’s side to a reduced target and a four-wicket win at Scott Street.

Walsden had made it three out of three in the Twenty/20 competition on Friday, almost certainly guaranteeing themselves progress from the group stages with one game left.

Joe Gale hit an unbeaten 58 in their 150 for three. Hosts Milnrow looked likely to chase that down at one stage but fell away to 128 for nine.

Walsden have a busy weekend coming up with three home games in as many days.

They start with a Twenty/20 clash with Crompton on Friday followed by a Central Lancashire League game against Clifton on Saturday culminating with a Lancashire Cup clash with Bolton League side Heaton on Sunday.

Club spokeman Kenny Gale said: “There may be a few missing for Friday night but I am expecting everybody to be available for the weekend matches.

“Heaton have a dangerous pro and good amateurs so look dangerous. However, you always have to back yourself to do well.”