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Chris Dewhirst (Walsden)
Chris Dewhirst (Walsden)

IT was a great weekend too for Walsden with fine performances with the bat and ball.

It was completed with a an excellent victory on Sunday when Walsden dumped the holders Milnrow out of the Wood Cup.

They had won it last year at Walsden beating Unsworth in the final.

It was the home bowlers who did the damage after Milnrow had been set a target of 174 for nine.

But man of the match Jamie Shackleton and skipper Chris Dewhirst did the damage with the ball taking four wickets each as Milnrow were resticted to 128.

Doug Waghorn also chipped in with a couple of vital wickets after the visitors had made a good start scoring 75 before the fall of the first wicket.

Earlier while most of Walsden’s top order batsmen failed, opener Matthew Dawson made a solid 54 and Andrew Butcher 49, supported by 23 from Shackleton.

The day before Walsden had a league victory over last season’s beaten finalists Unsworth in a thrilling encounter.

It went right down to penultimate ball before Walsden snatched victory.

Unsworth posted 193 for nine with Dewhirst taking four for 48 and Martin Harlow four for 50.

In reply Sri Lankan professional Duminda Perera stood firm while Walsden wickets gradually fell around him.

He battled through for an unbeaten 98 to set up an exciting finish.

l DANNY Bailey hit 91 not out for Walsden seconds at home to Unsworth as they won by six wickets. He steered Walsden to 183 for four in reply to Unsworth’s 181 all out.

The wickets were evenly spread between the bowlers, but Josh Barnes picked up three for 39.

The following day he also picked up three wickets along with the Gale brothers Joe and Josh as they beat Milnrow in the Burton Cup by nine runs.

All the Walsden batsmen contributed although Josh Gale top scored on 44 as they took the total to 208 for eight.

In reply Milnrow were all out for 199.