Perera soon in the thick of it

WALSDEN’S Sri Lankan professional Duminda Perera flew into Britain on Friday and was straight into action the following day.

He took six wickets for 29 as his side bowled joint next to the bottom club Radcliffe out for 104.

But neither he nor the rest of his team was able to overtake the home side’s meagre total, being bowled out for only 90.

Opener Matthew Dawson was the only one to make any effect, hitting 26.

It spoiled Walsden’s good opening to the season winning three out of four games, but they were back on track the next day against leaders Littleborough.

They posted a score of 175 for seven, with Josh Hanson top scoring on 47 not out, well supported by Andrew Butcher (23), Kris Halstead (22) and Elliott Gilford (21).

In reply Littleborough could only manage 157 for eight with Jamie Shackleton taking three for 34.

Walsden seconds beat Radcliffe comfortably on Saturday, scoring 165 for seven, with Stuart Hanson top-scoring on 82 not out.

In reply Radcliffe were all out for 112, with all the bowlers taking wickets.