Walkden aim to halt Greenmount glory run

First published in Cricket

Walkden will be out to prevent their Bolton League rivals Greenmount equalling their record-breaking treble of three years ago when they clash in the Lancashire Knockout final at Old Trafford tomorrow.

Greenmount have romped away with league title after winning the Hamer Cup, and need only to beat Usman Tariq’s men at the headquarters of Lancashire cricket to equal Walkden’s treble in 2008.

“Greenmount have had an amazing season,” said Walkden secretary Dave Smith. “Like us in 2008, they have been unstoppable.

“But we will be out to prevent them stopping us from being the only Bolton League side to complete the treble.”

If Tariq can produce the individual form he has shown in recent weeks with the bat, Walkden will stand a fair chance of halting Greenmount’s glory run.

The Pakistan man scored three consecutive hundreds up to last week and is only 79 runs short of 1,000 runs for the season.

He has been effective with the ball, too, having taken 37 wickets at an average cost of 13 runs each.

“Usman has been in great form with both bat and ball,” said Smith.

“But we’ll be looking for everyone to step up because Greenmount are a very good side.”

The 45-over clash starts at 11am and a lot of supporters will travel from Bolton, including a coach which has been fully booked.

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