Walsden CC ready to rise to challenge

It will be all hands to the pump at Walsden Cricket Club when the club takes part in the Nat West Challenge. The aim is to focus all clubs in the country to spruce up their grounds with the help of a team from the local branch of the bank. The effort also stands to provide £500 to the club.

The event will take place on the weekend of April 9 and 10.

Walsden are confident of improving on last year’s position in the league and also going a step further in the cup where they were defeated in the semi-final.

The loss of record run maker James Rawlinson will be felt.

But the emerging young players of last season will be bolstered by the return of Matthew Dawson, the Cheshire wicket keeper, and also Kristian Halstead and Daniel Bailey who will add depth to the squad.

The club has high hopes of new overseas amateur Dougie Waghorn, a left arm quickie who has been turning in some fine performances for Perth club side Midland Gilford in Western Australia.

Professional Duminda Perera will arrive in time for the first match despite the complications put in force by the ECB and the Border Agency.

Walsden hope he will show the form of last year when he scored 1,132 runs and took 62 wickets.

The season kicks off on Sunday April 17 with an away fixture at Ashton following a friendly match at Walsden against Sowerby Bridge, which also has the added attraction of the chance to sample some real ale at the beer festival at the Scott Street ground.

On Monday April 11 at 6.15pm the club will be starting its junior outdoor nets practice.

It is intended for youngsters of all age groups, from under 15 and below.