Salpietro and Wells make major impressions in Walsden’s winning weekend

Walsden enjoyed a winning weekend in both league and cup as they continue their two-pronged trophy assault.

However, they will have to continue scouring the leagues for sub professionals with the news that Richard Sladdin is likely to be out for around two months with his hand injury.

Rishton’s 25-year-old Australian off-spinner Daniel Salpietro made a decent impression in Saturday’s Central Lancashire League success over Rochdale and will be available for this Sunday’s league clash at Middleton.

Walsden’s second loanee, Tasmainian Jonathan Wells from Barrow, who destroyed Milnrow’s top order in the Wood Cup victory on Sunday, has already notified the club he will not be available.

“Richard was at the ground on Saturday and it is clear that he will be out for a few more weeks yet,” said club spokesman Kenny Gale.

“Daniel will be with us this weekend and next Saturday, but Jonathan is needed back at Barrow.”

Salpietro caught the eye against Rochdale, batting well for his 32 as Walsden rattled up 169 after being asked to bat on a green wicket.

Shubhan Harkal also weighed in with 25 as Walsden totalled 169 which Gale felt might have been a little shy of what they had hoped for.

But Salpietro then weighed in with the ball, claiming four for 41, including the wicket of dangerous opener Warnes (68) as Rochdale were skittled out for 157.

The victory saw Walsden open up a six point lead at the top of the table.

The following day it was Wells’ turn to impress as he ripped out Milnrow’s top order in Walsden’s Wood Cup victory.

Wells bowled his 10 overs straight through, finishing with figures of five for 11 as Walsden booked a third round date at Monton & Weaste on Sunday, July 7.

Walsden did not have everything their own way as they were 20 for three at one stage but a middle order stand between Nick Barker (29) and Shubham Harkal (14) eased the home side to victory.

“Jonathan bowled a nice steady line and length and swung the ball both ways,” added Gale.

Walsden CC’s bid to win the Natwest cricket competition and a face off against a Legends XI including ex-England cricketers Michael Vaughan, Freddie Flintoff and Darren Gough is gathering pace.

Walsden need to finish in the top 10 to be able to bid for one of three Twenty20 games.

Three of the top 10 shall host a T20 match and the other seven shall win a signed England shirt.

The top 10 will also submit a bid explaining why they should have a chance of hosting the match.

Walsden are currently seventh having already amassed circa 17,000 votes thanks to support from club members, families, friends and local businesses.

Voting ends on June 29 at 9am. Visit the Natwest cricket site for more details about the competition: http://cricket.natwest.com/lvl.