Walsden have been rocked by an injury to their ex-Halifax League spinner Richard Sladdin.
The former county player fractured the base of his little finger on his left hand attempting a caught and bowled dismissal in last Saturday’s Twenty/20 defeat at Milnrow.
That didn’t stop him from turning out 24 hours later and playing a key role in Walsden’s three-wicket home win over Middleton in the Central Lancashire League.
However, Sladdin had a “repositioning” operation on the injury on Wednesday and club spokesman Kenny Gale said he might be missing for a couple of weeks
“We will be looking for a replacement for him for Saturday (away to Heywood).
“He bowls with his left hand so for him to get five wickets with the break last weekend was a good effort.”
Sladdin played for Sowerby Bridge in the Halifax League and was lured out of retirement by Walsden when they decided not to bring Ranil Dhammika back from Sri Lanka in the spring.
Sladdin is the latest victim of a hand injury jinx hitting elite team cricketers down the Calder Valley.
Walsden’s neighbours Todmorden have already lost Gideon Foster, Simon Newbitt and Elliott Gilford to breaks this season.
Sladdin took five for 42 off 15 overs against Middleton and Walsden chased down 191 for victory when Jamie Shackleton hit the fourth ball of the final over for six.
None of Calderdale’s first teams playing in regional leagues are in better form than Illingworth, who will bid to stretch their unbeaten run to six games at home to Olicanian tomorrow.
Their latest success was an eight wicket win at Silsden in Division Three of the Airedale and Wharfedale League.
Skipper Luke Brooksby put Silsden into bat and the decision paid off as Silsden slid to 49 for three.
A quick three wicket burst from Jamie Moorhouse, followed by three from spinner Stuart Thompson, left Illingworth with a relatively small target of 116 on a decent wicket.
Aussie Matthew Battle fell for 14 to a great slip catch and Ben Robertshaw soon followed for 16 which brought Veryan Brooksby to the crease.
His third ball went for six, which was a sign of things to come as Brooksby hit five more maximums, along with five fours, in an unbeaten score of 63 off only 39 balls.
AIRE/WHARFE LEAGUE, Division Three: Illingworth v Olicanian.
CENTRAL YORKSHIRE LEAGUE, Premier Division: Northowram Fields v Batley.
HUDDERSFIELD LEAGUE, Premiership: Barkisland v Golcar, Hall Bower v Elland.
BRADFORD LEAGUE, Division One: Cleckheaton v Lightcliffe. Division Two: Brighouse v New Farnley.
CENTRAL LANCASHIRE LEAGUE: Heywood v Walsden.
LANCASHIRE LEAGUE: Enfield v Todmorden.