Glory beckons for Walsden

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Walsden are on the brink of winning the Central Lancashire League title for the first time in 48 years after two away wins at the weekend.

Chris Dewhirst’s side followed up Saturday’s five-wicket success at Oldham with a 71-run win at Radcliffe yesterday, after they had been struggling at 28 for four early on.

Sri Lankan Ranil Dhammika took another 12 wickets in the two games to take his seasonal tally to an amazing 111.

Walsden are nine points clear with two matches at their Scott Street home to come next weekend.

Two points from a rematch with Radcliffe on Saturday will be enough to clinch the silverware.

If that happens, Walsden will be in party mood for Sunday’s clash with second-placed Heywood.

Lightcliffe have given themselves an outside chance of winning the Bradford League title on Saturday.

Jonathan Wilson’s side host Undercliffe in their final match and lie third behind Woodlands, who suffered a third successive defeat when beaten by Farsley yesterday.

Alex Lees hit 103 and opening partner Chris Taylor 75 as Lightcliffe made 254 for seven at home to Pudsey Congs, who replied with 247 for nine.

Lightcliffe, who won at Hanging Heaton on Saturday, have 260 points while Woodlands have 270 and Cleckheaton 266.

Woodlands are at home to Bradford and Bingley in their last match while Cleckheaton go to Pudsey Congs.

Surprise packet Augustinians have won the Towergate Halifax League’s Sunday Section title.

The Laund Hill club, regular strugglers at first and second team level, beat Illingworth by 50 runs yesterday with the help of 49 runs and three wickets from Ces Charles.

Their 20-point haul ensured they stayed ahead of second-placed Triangle, who started the day 13 points adrift.

The result looks likely to send Illingworth down as Northowram Fields leap-frogged them by winning at bottom club Rastrick.

SBCI rounded off a fantastic weekend for their club by clinching the middle section title with an eight-wicket win at Southowram, aided by Simon Wood’s 98 not out.

The Rams are set to go down alongside Bradshaw.

Old Crossleyans took the Division Three honours some time ago.