Central Lancashire League: Walsden’s title ambitions hit the buffers after double derby blow

Umesh Karunaratne

Umesh Karunaratne

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Last weekend proved to be a disappointing one for Walsden who suffered both league and cup losses to Heywood.

Walsden’s title ambitions in the Central Lancashire League Premier Division took a blow on Saturday with a four-wicket defeat to their rivals.

Walsden won the toss and elected to bat, a decision that played out with good work in the top order from opener Jake Hoosen (29) and no2 Shubham Harkel (39) in a solid 63-run first-wicket stand.

That was followed-up by Matthew Dawson (59) and Umesh Karunaratne (82 not out) as the visitors set 237-6.

However, Walsden were undone by opener Bobby Cross (92) and Robert Nicol (111) as Heywood marched to 237-6 in reply. Joe Gale (2-15) and Karunaratne (2-73) led the Walsden attack.

Walsden are now second in the table and two points behind title rivals Norden, who won by 68 runs at Littleborough. Daniel Salpietro (130 not out) and Simon Harman (90) gave Norden a scintillating start before Rehan Udwadia weighed-in with 44 to guide the visitors to 279-1. Littleborough put in a solid effort in reply but they ran out of overs on 211-7.

The news wasn’t any better on Sunday when Heywood inflicted a three-wicket defeat on Walsden in the semi-finals of the Twenty20 Knock-Out Cup. Walsden put 140-8 on to the scoreboard but Heywood booked their place in the final with a reply of 141-7, despite the efforts of Joe Gale (3-16) and Jamie Shackleton (2-26).

CENTRAL LANCASHIRE LEAGUE

Heywood v Walsden

Heywood win by 5 wickets. Heywood 4 pts, Walsden 0 pts.

WALSDEN 236 for 5

J Hooson c Pawson b Lovell 29

S Harkel b Pawson 39

M Dawson c Latham b Nicol 59

U Karunaratne not out 82

J Gale b Nicol 3

N Barker c Humphreys b Pawson 6

C Rushton not out 1

Extras 17

Bowling: C Humphreys 11 0 49 0, J Keyworth 7 0 29 0, D Pawson 10 0 52 2, J Morley 12 2 49 0, J Lovell 6 3 23 1, R Nicol 4 0 29 2.

HEYWOOD 237 for five

B Cross b Gale 92

W Hunt b Barker 2

R Nicol c Gale b Gale 111

D Pawson b Karunaratne 0

D Humphreys b Karunaratne 0

J Lovell run out 1

D Latham not out 2

S Burrill not out 1

Extras 28

Bowling: J Shackleton 5 0 19 0, S Barker 6 0 39 1, U Karunaratne 20 1 73 2, J Hooson 11 2 50 0, J Gale 3 0 16 0, N Barker 2 0 18 0, Joe Gale 3 0 15 2.