Seconds beaten in Burton Cup final

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THERE was little joy at Walsden over the weekend as the second team’s hopes of silverware went for a burton and the first team lost more ground in the league.

The seconds took on Littleborough in the Burton Cup final and when they skittled them out for 69 it looked like the trophy was theirs.

But after a great performance with the ball - Joe Gale taking five for 16 and Josh Barnes four for 16 - they too collapsed with the bat.

They could only manage 67 as man of the match, former Todmorden player Mo Bux, took three for 21. Earlier he had top scored for Littleborough with 27.

The day before at Scott Street, Walsden, slipped to mid table in the Central Lancashire League after they were outplayed by visitors Royton.

Batting first they reached 150 for seven.

Professional Duminda Perera top scored with 45 and Andrew Butcher was the only other batsman to make a significant contribution with a knock at the end of 33 not out.

They could do little to stop the visitors in their reply as they cruised to 153 for one, the wicket going to Perera.

The third team also lost in their Royds Trophy game at home to Milnrow.

They did well to bowl out the visitors for 156 with Tyson Illingworth (three for 28) and Gareth Connor (three for 41) doing most of the damage.

But they never really got going with the bat and were all out for 91 in reply.

The only bright spot in the results was the second team’s victory at Royton, which maintained their challenge for the league title.

Walsden were all out for 173 with Paul Marrow's 48 being the mainstay of their innings.

In reply they restricted the home side to 147 all out with all the bowlers contributing.

l On Friday the club stages a fund-raiser curry night and 20/20 match (5.30pm) between Sri Lankan professionals and a team representing the rest of the world. The event is sponsored by Spicy Bites.