Walsden spin ace Sladdin remains on the sidelines

Cameron Hanson  gets a first team chance on Sunday

Cameron Hanson gets a first team chance on Sunday

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Last year’s successful stand-in pro Richard Sladdin is absent again as Walsden prepare for a double dose of action.

They face Lancashire League leaders Church in the Lancashire Cup on Saturday, which means the league game at Werneth is now on Sunday.

Ex-county spinner Sladdin is troubled by a shoulder injury and sits out both games.

He is replaced by Matthew Dawson on Saturday and Cameron Hanson on Sunday.

Walsden won by eight at Vernon Carus in the first round of the county competition, with the help of half-centuries from Jake Hooson and Joe Gale.

Church will be much tougher nuts to crack, having made it seven wins out of nine in the league this season with a nine-wicket romp against Bacup last Sunday.

Walsden have already beaten promoted Werneth once this season.

That came in the league on April 27 when Werneth were dismissed for 124 and James Rawlinson’s 87 helped Walsden to an eight-wicket success.

Walsden’s match at home to Rochdale last Saturday was washed out and the thirds were the only Scott Street senior side in action.

They made a big score, with good knocks from Dan Howley, James Steven and Jordan Mitchell at home to Middleton on Sunday but the Manchester Association Cup match was then ended by rain.

Saturday

Walsden: (away to Church): J.Rawlinson, N.Barker, J.Shackleton, S.Barker, J.Hooson, Josh Gale, Joe Gale, D.Howley, M.Dawson, R.Pathan, U.Karunaratne. Meet 11.30.

Walsden II (home to Werneth): S.Hanson, P.Marrow, C.Hanson, J.Lord, D.Bailey, K.Halstead, C.Dewhirst, D.Brown, T.Illingworth, M.Halstead, J.Hanson. Meet 12.30.

Sunday

Walsden: (away to Werneth): J.Rawlinson, N.Barker, J.Shackleton, S.Barker, J.Hooson, Josh Gale, Joe Gale, D.Howley, C.Hanson, R.Pathan, U.Karunaratne. Meet 11.30.

Walsden III (home to Worsley): G.Connor, A.Bell, T.Sutcliffe, J.Mitchell, J.Battersby, S.Battersby, J.Steven, N.Mitchell, J.Hanson, O.Whitehead, K.Hudson. Meet 12.30.