Walsden double up, including derby scalp

Walsden made it an impressive double winning weekend.

Their new Sri Lankan professional Ranil Dhammika stamped his name firmly among the club’s faithful with an impressive weekend with the bat and ball.

Record scorer James Rawlinson was at his best too with contributions of 76 and 35.

On Saturday Walsden went to Ashton and came away with a 74-runs victory.

They posted a total of 165, with 76 of them to Rawlinson and 28 to Dhammika.

In reply the home side could only manage 91, with four wickets for Dhammika, but even more impressive figures of five for 19 for Jamie Shackleton.

The next day, all Walsden’s batsmen were in the runs as they cruised to an easy 126 runs victory over local rivals Littleborough.

Dhammika top scored for the home side with a resounding 85 not out in their ntotal of 255 for three, but he was well supported by the rest of the top order.

Openers Jake Hooson and Rawlinson got 45 and 35 respectively, while Matthew Dawson hit 40 and Nick Barker was 39 not out.

Dhammika and Shackleton did most of the damage again.

The professional took four for 12 and Shackleton weighed in with three for 19, with Stevie Barker also taking two for 24.

l THE second team also had a resounding win at home to Ashton by 124 runs.

The home side hit 195, with Mark Halstead top scoring on 58 and Danny Bailey also having a fine knock of 41.

Replying, Ashton could only manage 71. All the bowlers contributed, but T.Harlow had the best figures with four for 20.

The following day they won an exciting game at home to Littleborough.

Walsden made 233 for seven with Stuart Hanson top scoring on 82 and Paul Marrow hittinbg an unbeaten 54.

In reply Littleborough managed 184 before they were all out with Mark Halstead and D.Coping getting three wickets each

l ELSEWHERE, Bridgeholme’s flying start to the Towergate Halifax League Division Two season was brought to an abrupt halt by Shelf, who won by five wickets.

The visitors bowled Bridgeholme out for 134, thanks to Robert Ramsden (five for 29) and Nick Patefield (four for 21).

One batsman who had a good day was Bridgeholme second team’s Bobby Fielden.

The teenager stroked a classy 174 not out, including 13 sixes and 13 fours, but still finished on the losing side at Oxenhope.

Bridgeholme made 264 for six but Oxenhope knocked them off in spite of being 32 for four.

A stand of 175 between Brendan Ellison (109) and Eddie Burke (92 not out) took the home side to victory with an over to spare.

FOLLOWING their double-winning weekend and the form of their Sri Lankan pro Ramil Dhammika, Walsden are looking to take another five points from Saturday’s visit to Unsworth, who last season finished in the bottom four.

They are also looking forward to Friday, May 18, when they host Todmorden in a 20/20 match, hoping to exact revenge for the friendly match defeat at Centre Vale at the start of the season (6pm).