Walsden sides eyeing up a cup double - semi-finals this weekend

WALSDEN have their sights set on double cup triumphs in the Central Lancashire League.

Both first and second teams have cup semi-finals on Sunday and the club sees these games as their best chance of silverware this season.

The first team travels in the Wood Cup to Royton, who kocked out favourites and runaway league leaders Norden.

The seconds are at home to Norden in the Burton Cup.

But the Scott Street side has been hit with another injury blow to Sri Lankan professional Duminda Perera.

He came back at the weekend after a week off with a hamstring injury, but then suffered a recurrence in training and has had to pull out of the coming weekend games.

Walsden were still trying to find a late replacement for Saturday’s league game at Clifton.

But they managed to secure a replacement professional for the Wood Cup game in experienced South African Gulam Bodi, who was previously professional at Todmorden in 2008.

He has represented his country at one-day international level.

An assault on the league title may be out of the question for Walsden’s first team although they have moved up the league into second place but they would have a lot to do to overhaul Norden despite recent progress.

On Sunday the club beat Crompton by 59 runs.

It was good for Walsden to register a victory after Saturday’s game was washed out.

While their score of 138 all out looked inadequate they were soon on top after Aussie Doug Waghorn quickly despatched the first three Crompton batsmen. Perera then took over and ended up with five for 29. Jamie Shackleton chipped in too with the last two wickets as Crompton were skittled out for 79.

Earlier most of the Walsden batsmen struggled. Perera scored 23, Josh Gale hit 20 and xtras of 34 were the second highest scorer.

Only opener Matthew Dawson got to grips with the Crompton bowling, hitting 42.

l WALSDEN’s second string beat Crompton by 48 runs.

All the batsmen contributed as Walsden posted a score of 128 all out.

But the Crompton batsmen could not cope with the Walsden bowling as Josh Barnes, Mark Halstead and Stuart Hanson all claimed three wickets as they despatched their opponents for a meagre 80 runs.