Walsden strolled to a second win at the start of their bid for a third successive Central Lancashire League title yesterday.
The Scott Street side beat visitors Werneth by eight wickets after spinners Umesh Karunaratne and Richard Sladdin had undermined the visitors’ innings.
Werneth were 63 for one until Sri Lankan Karunaratne and ex-county player Sladdin took three wickets each.
The final five Werneth wickets fell with the total on 124 as Joe Gale (two for five) helped wrap up the innings.
Walsden lost Jake Hooson without a run on the board but James Rawlinson put the issue beyond doubt with 87, being run out with only 16 more required for victory as he look to retain the strike in the search for a century.
Todmorden were unable to complete a weekend double, losing by 54 runs at Ramsbottom in the Lancashire League.
Home professional Daryn Smit made 47 and then took seven for 29 to put the skids under Andrew Sutcliffe’s side.
Ramsbottom, sent in to bat, had a 94-run opening stand between Tom Parton (56) and Dale Gabriel (35) on the way to a useful total of 223 for six. Tod professional Michael Neser took four for 66.
Simon Newbitt (24) and Ben Sutcliffe (30) put on 52 for the visitors’ first wicket but Smit steadily worked his way through the middle order and Paul Senior’s 31 not out only saved some face for Tod, who finished on 169 for eight.
Elland and Barkisland also suffered a reversal of fortunes yesterday in the Huddersfield League.
Barkisland bounced back from Saturday’s heavy defeat at Shepley with victory over Holmfirth, who had lost by 10 wickets to Elland 24 hours earlier.
Elland were unable to make it a weekend double when undone by their former player Craig Fletcher at Delph and Dobcross.
LJ Brown hit 131 and skipper Darren Robinson 53 as Barkisland piled up 249 for seven at Holmfirth.
It was almost a one-man show for the home side, Sam Denton following up his five wickets for 88 with an unbeaten 80 as Holmfirth replied with 166 for seven.
Fletcher took five for 77 but 205 for eight still looked likely to be a winning score for Elland when Jack Hendy picked up three early wickets to leave Delph 22 for four.
However, Fletcher made an unbeaten 52 and figured in useful stands with Arron Lilley (50) and Jamshad Ahmad (56) as the home side recovered to win by four wickets.
CENTRAL LANCASHIRE LEAGUE
Walsden v Werneth
Walsden won by 8 wkts
L.Thompson b Shackleton 8
M.Taylor st Howley b Sladdin 35
Z.Khan c & b Karunaratne 16
A.Muzzafar run out 38
R.Khan b Sladdin 0
M.Ainsworth c S.Barker b Sladdin 1
R.Shaw c Karunaratne b Joe Gale 11
M.Khan lbe b Joe Gale 0
J.Taylor lbw b Karunaratne 0
Rauf lbw b Karunaratne 0
A.Walker not out 0
Bowling: J.Shackleton 7-1-23-1, S.Barker 6-1-19-0, J.Hooson 3-0-20-0, V.Karunaratne 11-4-28-3, Joe Gale 2-1-5-2.
WALSDEN 125 for two
J.Hooson c Shaw b Khan 0
J.Rawlinson run out 87
S.Barker not out 21
V.Karunaratne not out 10
Bowling: Z.Khan 10-3-41-1, M.Taylor 1-0-5-0, R.Khan 9-1-17-0, Rauf 2-0-15-0, A.Walker 3-0-10-0, M.Khan 2-0-18-0, A.Muzzafar 3-0-18-0.
Ramsbottom v Todmorden
Ramsbottom won by 54 runs. Ramsbottom 10 pts Todmorden 0 pts.
RAMSBOTTOM 223 for six
TE Parton b Neser 56
DP Gabriel b Gilford 35
D Smit c Newbitt b Neser 47
AI Whittle b Neser 0
JM Fielding b Shoukhat 32
RE Read not out 25
SEJ Read c Senior b Neser 18
Bowling: Neser 17 1 66 4, Foster 3 0 22 0, A Sutcliffe 6 3 27 0, Shoukhat 8 0 38 1, Senior 6 0 26 0, Gilford 10 1 38 1.
TODMORDEN 169 for eight
SD Newbitt c Fielding b Smit 24
BD Sutcliffe lbw b Smit 30
EC Gilford run out 11
MG Neser (Pro) c Sutton b Smit 16
KM Garland c and b Smit 5
Z Shoukhat c SEJ Read b Smit 14
A Sutcliffe c Whittle b Smit 6
F Priestley lbw b Smit 13
PD Senior not out 31
JB Hanson not out 8
Bowling: Haslam 10 0 37 0, SEJ Read 7 2 31 0, Fielding 14 1 49 0, Smit 17 4 29 7, Sutton 1 0 10 0, Gabriel 1 0 9 0.
Delph & Dobcross v Elland
Delph & Dobcross won by 6 wkts
Delph 5 pts, Elland 1pts.
ELLAND 205 for eight
J.Das st Jones b Buckley 34
F.Rehman c Jones b Fletcher 53
G.Finn c Jones b Lilley 13
D.Arms c Simpson b Fletcher 14
A.Blakey c Buckley b Lilley 20
J.Hendy lbw b Fletcher 6
A.Speak lbw b Fletcher 0
W.Qasim b Fletcher 33
A.Finn not out 3
S.Khan not out 10
Bowling: C.Fletcher 20-5-77-5, J.Ahmed 4-1-16-0, G.Buckley 4-0-28-1, A.Lilley 20-5-58-2, A.Cadd 2-0-14-0.
DELPH & DOBCROSS 206 for six
G.Simpson b Hendy 5
A.Cleave b Qasim 6
G.Buckley c & b Hendy 4
A.Lilley c Arms b Khan 50
N.Jones c Rehman b Hendy 0
C.Fletcher not out 52
J.Ahmad c A.Finn b Hendy 56
B.Jones not out 6
Bowling: W.Qasim 7-1-33-1, J.Hendy 14-1-58-4, A.Finn 1-0-10-0, S.Khan 5-0-25-1, W.Gardner 2-0-6-0, F.Rehman 12-3-29-0, A.Blakey 2.2-0-25-0.
Barkisland 249-7 (L Brown 131, D Robinson 53; S Denton 5-88), *Holmfirth 166-7 (S Denton 80no)