Late drama as Walsden’s bowlers steal the points in victory

Duminda Perera was the pick of the bowlers on Saturday
Duminda Perera was the pick of the bowlers on Saturday

BOWLERS, skipper Chris Dewhirst and Jamie Shackleton ensured a dramatic victory for Walsden on Sunday.

After being bowled out for a meagre 115 runs it looked a difficult task for Walsden at Monton and Weaste.

Only Jake Hooson (32) and Joe Hanson (24 no) made any impression on the Monton attack.

It looked even worse for Walsden as only Doug Waghorn was able to take a couple of wickets until Elliott Gilford ran out opener N.Din for 38.

It left Monton as likely winners on 88 for three, until Shackleton and Dewhirst took a hand and skittled the rest out for only 26.

It meant a dramatic one-run victory for the visitors after losing out in another close game the day before at home to Middleton.

Walsden posted a much more competitive 204 for seven target thanks mainly to professional Duminda Perera (48), Jamie Shackleton (32 no), Josh Gale (31) and Joe Hanson (30).

Perera was the pick of the bowlers in Middleton’s reply, taking three for 62 in 20 overs.

But the visitors just managed to reach 205 for six.

l WALSDEN seconds were well beaten at Middleton after only managing nto score 114 all out.

In reply Middleton made it a comfortable victory by scoring 115 for the loss of only three wickets.

The situation was almost the reverse the following day at Monton and Weaste.

There, the home side were despatched for a measly 97, with Mark Halstead taking five for 24.

Walsden rattled off the runs in only 13.2 overs with Josh Highley top scoring on 51.