Walsden season off to a flyer

WALSDEN got off to a real flyer in the Central Lancashire League with an overwhelming victory at Ashton.

While they are without professional Duminda Perera for the first two games of the season, they did not need him.

Stand-in Will Purser helped do the business with the ball and new opening batsman Matthew Dawson completed it with the bat.

But it was regular bowler Martin Harlow who was the real hero

He destroyed the lower order with a five-wicket haul for only 11 runs in 8.1 overs as the home side were dismissed for a meagre 63.

Harlow finished off the innings after Purser and Aussie newcomer Dougie Waghorn had taken the first three wickets.

It was an easy task then for Walsden to knock off the runs, although opener Andrew Butcher was caught for only one while Walsden were on four.

Dawson and Elliott Gilford then saw the visitors home, Dawson scoring 23 and Gilford 20.

Walsden seconds also started the season in style, demolishing Ashton at Scott Street.

They made 289 with Josh Gale hitting a fine 76, well supported by Mark Hooson and Stuart Hanson, who both got 64.

In reply Ashton were 199 for eight with Mark Halstead taking three for 54.