Walsden gets spriced up to start crucial campaign

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WALSDEN cricket field and bowling green are now looking spick and span due to last weekend’s Nat West Ground Force Day, for which the club received a cheque from Nat West Bank for £500.

Work has also now been completed on the installation of solar panels and a new heating system due to a grant from Sport England and this will have an official opening soon.

The club have high hopes of making sure that this season will see them secure a place in next season’s Central Lancashire League premier division.

On the field, Walsden welcome back James Rawlinson from his professional engagement at Settle last year, along with Nick and Stevie Barker back from Todmorden.

New faces Oliver Wood, from Todmorden, and Kyle Hamish, from Wellington, New Zealand, will also strengthen the squad.

New professional Ranil Dhammika has had a good season in Sri Lanka and hopes to continue this from here.

It is just 50 years since the club did the league and cup double and supporters will be thinking that maybe this could be their year again.

Practice games are scheduled against Burnley, Brammall, Todmorden and Triangle as preparation for what is a very important season due to the formation of two divisions in 2013.

Junior signing-on night will be Friday, April 13, at 7.30pm and all juniors and parents should attend. The first junior practice session will be on Monday, April 16, at 6.30pm.

Meanwhile on the social front, the club’s spring beer festival opens at the Scott Street ground tonight and continues tomorrow and on Saturday (from noon).

Activities for junior members start with the registration for players for the under-11, under-13 and under-15 teams in the Millennium Suite at Scott Street.

Final indoor practice for junior members takes place at the Cricket Asylum in Sowerby Bridge on Saturday April 14 11.30am - 1pm.

Outdoor practice for juniors runs every Monday throughout the season from 6.15pm, starting on April 16.

Junior matches will begin in early May.