Walsden wait for Sunday section answer

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WALSDEN are the latest club keen to field a third team in the Towergate Halifax League’s Sunday Section next summer.

They have joined Thornton, who play Halifax League cricket on a Saturday, in applying and Sunday Section officials are also awaiting confirmation that Almondbury Wesleyans from the Huddersfield Central League wish to be considered for membership.

The applications will be considered at the section’s annual meeting at Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club on Thursday, November 17.

The likely acceptance of Thornton would make nine teams in Division Three. An even number would be better to avoid a team having a bye each week.

Walsden’s first and second teams play in the Central Lancashire League, which has several fixtures on a Sunday.

However, rivals Norden have been members of the Sunday Section for several years and have managed to fulfil their home fixtures without difficulty.

Sunday Section secretary Martin Reppion said Walsden had been in discussion with Halifax League club Bridgeholme about using their ground at Eastwood on up to four occasions.

Walsden cricket chairman Allan Stuttard confirmed that arrangements had been made with Bridgeholme and that the team would be managed by the experienced Darrell Halstead.

The club has a number of senior players who would be keen to play in a Sunday section third team plus a band of older juniors.

If the club’s application is accepted it would mean that the club could expect to have games each week, while currently that is not guaranteed in the Central Lancashire League set-up for Sunday teams.

He felt there was a good chance that the club’s application would be accepted by the Sunday Section when it meets next week.