Walsden exit Halifax Wednesday league

A LAST-ditch effort to keep former champions Walsden BC in the Collett Halifax League’s Wednesday section failed.

The programme was due to start without them last night and Sowerby Tennis and Bowling Club, their opponents home and away for the first two matches, must wait a further fortnight for a taste of the action.

Walsden had tendered their resignation but with 42 players registered were asked to reconsider.

Club members met on Friday and phone calls were made in an effort to find enough players for a 12-man team.

However, club secretary Russell Sutcliffe said it had become apparent that the club would struggle to field a full side on a regular basis.

“It’s unfortunate and we have tried hard but we have been let down by one or two players,” he said.

“We could have managed 10 but with holidays and perhaps injuries we would have found it difficult to raise a team and that would not have been fair on the other clubs.”

Walsden have been members of the evening league for many years and ran two teams at one time.

They won the Division One title in 2002 and their top players have included Peter Craig, Mike Holden and Barry and Tony Collinge.

They will continue to run a veterans team in the Halifax League on a Thursday afternoon and Sutcliffe added: “The veterans are prospering but we are struggling to attract younger players to the club.”

Walsden will still field three teams of eight on a Tuesday evening in the Todmorden League, where travelling is less of an issue.

Sutcliffe said job security was important and some players struggled to leave work in time to travel across for away games in the Halifax League.