A top start for new skipper

IT was a great weekend for new Todmorden skipper Andrew Sutcliffe as he bowled his team to two wins.

First his side beat Colne in the league and next day travelled again to thrash Accrington in the Worsley Cup.

The seconds added to the celebrations with two home victories - against Colne in the league and Accrington in the Lancashire Telegraph Cup.

But it was skipper Sutcliffe’s weekend.

Afterwards he said: “It is great to be through in the cup and we’re all wanting a home draw in the next round.”

In his first game in charge, he took five wickets in his side’s eight-wicket win at Colne.

Professional Qaiser Abbas took four for 48 and Sutcliffe five for 17 to dismiss the home side for 131.

Home professional Mansoor Amjad top scored with 28 on his league debut.

He then quickly picked up Simon Newbitt (4) at nine and Gary Hunt removed Ben Sutcliffe (25) at 57 but Nick Barker and Abbas saw Todmorden home with more than 20 overs to spare.

Barker hit eight fours in making an unbeaten 54 from 84 balls and Abbas was still there on 37 when the match was ended.

Sutcliffe was in the wickets again on Sunday as Todmorden won by eight wickets at Accrington in the only match to be played as the weather hit the other ties.

He took three for 23 and Abbas (three for seven) and Stevie Barker (three for 30) topped the bowling line-up as Accrington were skittled for 108.

In reply all Todmorden’s top four batsmen contributed as they made 111 for two.

Eventually Nick Barker (33 not out) and Abbas (27 not out) steered the Centre Vale men home.

Skipper Sutcliffe was full of praise for his team.

“Everyone in the team contributed throughout the weekend.

“Again, Qaiser led the way with the ball with good support from the rest of the bowlers in the team and the top order controlled both run chases to complete the victories.”

l IT was almost as convincing at home for the second team in both games.

Against Colne they got the visitors all out for 121 and hit 123 for five in reply.

Illias Hussain was the pick of the Todmorden bowling attack, taking five for 31.

After a few scares early on Imran Bhatti (46 not out) and Stuart Priestley (32 not out) steered the home side to victory.

In was a similar story the next day in the cup match when Accrington were bowled out for 95 and Todmorden made 99 for five in reply.

Gareth Rudderforth was pick of the bowlers with three for 38 and Freddie Priestley (32) and Ross Coates (40) held it together to seal the win.