Disappointing weekend for Walsden

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IT was a disappointing weekend at Walsden as both their mid-table battles ended in defeat.

On Saturday they went down narrowly at home to Clifton and next day lost in a rain affected game at Heywood.

Elliott Gilford top scored with 57, including two sixes and five fours, against Clifton at Scott Street and Duminda Perera also hit 51.

But they were the only batsmen able to cope with the visitors’ bowling attack and particularly with Greg Jennings, who ended with seven for 93.

In reply Clifton reached 166 for eight with one ball to spare.

Jamie Shackleton was the pick of the Walsden bowlers with four for 48 and skipper Chris Dewhirst chipped in with three for 32.

The following day’s rain affected match at Heywood also ended in defeat by 14 runs.

The home side had made 219 for five, mainly thanks to a century from heywood sub-professional, South African Martin Walters, who hit 104 before being run out by Doug Waghorn, who also took three for 47.

In reply, Walsden were set a reduced target of 133 off 24 because of the rain.

But they could only struggle to 119 all out with Jake Hooson top-scoring with 47 and Chris Kaye taking six for 48 for Clifton.

l IT was a diffewrent story for the second team who had two convincing wins in rain affected games.

On Saturday at Clifton, they got the home side all out for 134, with Stuart Hanson taking seven for 37.

Walsden’s target was adjusted to 119 off 40 overs.

They cruised to 120 for two with Josh Highley unbeaten on 55 and David Blake making 40 to win by eight wickets.

They went one better on Sunday, thumping Heywood by nine wickets at Scott Street in a 20 overs game.

The visitors reached a meagre 66 for nine in their innings, with Josh Barnes getting six for 22.

Walsden knocked off 67 in 10.2 overs for the loss of Highley, who made 25 while Joe Gale was not out on 34.