Remarkable achievement as champs are truly local

I would like to congratulate the players and officials of Walsden Cricket and Bowling Club on becoming champions of the Central Lancashire League this season by a margin of eight points.

This is a magnificent achievement by a village club against much larger towns, such as Rochdale, Middleton, Ashton and Oldham.

What is even more remarkable, and a credit to the committee and coaches at the club, is that this has been achieved by players who, with the exception of the club professional, are all local, who were born, or live, within one mile of the club, including three players under the age of 18.

Unlike other clubs they have achieved this without the benefit of an overseas amateur.

Every player on the side has contributed to the success and has played an important role when the occasion has demanded it.

The first six batsmen have contributed nearly 3,000 runs and have backed up a top quality professional bowler, who has taken 119 wickets. The coaches deserve a pat on the back for the many successes achieved this year.

The impetus of the last league win, in 1964, enabled the club to prosper with a new bar and changing facilities, and it is hoped that this year’s achievement will provide a further stimulus.

While the club has several loyal sponsors the financial demands on the club, to enable necessary ground improvements and practice facilities to be provided, means more financial support is needed. If anyone wishes to help in any way please do not hesitate to contact me or the club. The cost of running a club is not cheap and any contribution would be welcome.

The club provides extensive junior coaching and puts out teams at under 11, under 13, under 15 and under 18 age levels, in addition to a first, second and third eleven, and new players are always welcome.

I feel that this is an immense contribution to the local community.

Donald Rigg, Walsden CC

president, Blenheim Street,

Hebden Bridge.