Walsden steamroller Milnrow

Actions from Walsden v Monton and Weaste cricket, at Walsden, Pictured is Stevie Barker
Actions from Walsden v Monton and Weaste cricket, at Walsden, Pictured is Stevie Barker

Walsden demolished visitors Milnrow yesterday and share the leadership of the Lancashire League with Ramsbottom after four rounds of fixtures.

Nick Barker’s side had a stroll in the sunshine, winning by nine wickets at Scott Street in a game lasting just 28.1 overs.

Opening bowlers Jamie Shackleton (5-15) and Stevie Barker (5-16) dismissed Milnrow for 35 with professional Neil Hornbuckle’s nine the highest score.

Walsden lost Josh Gale for two but ex-skipper James Rawlinson hit three sixes in an unbeaten 25 and he and Jake Hooson (5 no) wrapped up victory in the eighth over of the reply.

Todmorden have two wins from four after losing for the second successive Sunday, this time by 66 runs at Littleborough.

Chris Schofield, this season’s pro at Centre Vale, made 49 on his return to his former club but was put in the shade by his home counterpart Thomas Kaber.

The South African dominated the first half of the contest, hitting 126 not out off 128 balls after Bilal Abbas and Matt Collins had struck early blows.

Ryan Miskella (27) gave the paid man most support as Littleborough made 214-4.

Todmorden also lost both openers cheaply. Ben Sutcliffe (25) and Schofield put on 51 but the visitors were all out for 148 after Schofield’s demise with the total on 133. Skipper Andrew Sutcliffe (16) and Abbas (18) were the only others in double figures.