On Sunday 15th July, Great Harwood’s second eleven entertained Walsden at The Cliffe. It was to prove a disappointing day for Russell Whalley’s men as the visitors ran away as comfortable winners.
Winning the toss was to be the highlight for Harwood who opted to bat. However, wickets fell rapidly as the batsmen struggled to cope with the pace attack of Khan and Brandwood.
Scoring seemed easy at times as the run rate remained good throughout the innings but a combination of poor shot selection, aggressive bowling and a measure of bad luck undid the efforts of Harwood with the bat. There was little to cheer from Great Harwood although captain, Russell Whalley (30), did attempt to turn the tide with some powerful hitting.
The pressure told though as he rapidly ran out of partners. Although he was joined by his nephew, Seb, who attempted to hold up an end, Harwood failed to put on total that would really give them much chance of victory.
Great Harwood were dismissed for 88 inside 24 overs. There was little else to cheer bar 20 from Sohail Ali and 14 from Zeain Ali. Opening bowler Khan finished with 5-41.
Nevertheless, Walsden’s hopes of an easy victory were dismissed early on as Harwood’s opening bowlers soon got stuck into their top order. Harris Masood found himself on a hat trick with two consecutive wickets. He was well supported by Tanvir Sajid who also chipped in with an early wicket.
Walsden were rocking at 10-3 and hopes were renewed that victory could be snatched from the jaws of defeat. It was not to be. A strong unbeaten fourth wicket partnership from Bailey (31*) and Lord (41*) steadied the ship ensuring an early finish.
At least the scorer got to watch most of the football.