It’s triple success as Tod go to the top

Ben Sutcliffe batting for Todmorden in Friday's Twenty/20 match
Ben Sutcliffe batting for Todmorden in Friday's Twenty/20 match

IT was three out of three this weekend for Todmorden as they hit the top of the Lancashire League.

They took over at the top from Lowerhouse, who they beat in the Twenty/20 competition at Centre Vale on Friday.

But it was a double headed success both home and away against East Lancs on Saturday and Sunday that catapulted Todmorden to the top of the league.

They will be hoping they can continue the good form and take the title, which they have not won since 1957.

On Saturday at Centre Vale Todmorden were convincing winners over East Lancs by 99 runs.

It was their top order who did the business with openers Simon Newbitt (81) and Ben Sutcliffe (91) providing a great platform, putting on 152 for the first wicket, and professional Qaiser Abbas taking it on with 57.

Newbitt hit 11 fours and a six with Sutcliffe finding the ropes eight times.

Abbas then smashed a half century from just 28 balls, hitting seven fours and two sixes as Todmorden closed on 286 for four.

John Turner replied with 63, including nine fours, but East Lancs were bowled out for 187 largely thanks to Abbas who returned figures of six for 88.

Todmorden went top of the table the following day after a hard fought win, this time at East Lancs.

Abbas was outstanding with the ball, taking seven for 64 to restrict the home side to 141 for nine, with Lee Pearson picking up two for 24.

Professional Ockert Erasmus then sent back openers Simon Newbitt (4) and Ben Sutcliffe (2) and when Nick Barker was run out Todmorden were nine for three.

But Abbas (42) and skipper Andrew Sutcliffe (41) added 66 to put Todmorden back in the game.

Three wickets fell in the mid 70s to have Todmorden back in trouble at 76 for six but a hard hit 30 from Paul Senior from just 29 balls put the visitors in the driving seat leaving Oliver Wood (8 not out) and Danny Brown, who had earlier claimed four victims, to close out the game.

In the Twenty/20 on Friday, Abbas was again the star, hitting 70 runs in Todmorden’s 157 for six total, well supported by Ben Sutcliffe (45).

Lowerhouse in reply could only manage 124 for nine. Wickets were shared out among the bowlers with Stevie Barker, Senior, Pearson and Nick Barker all getting two wickets each.

l TODMORDEN seconds could not emulate their first team colleagues going down by 89 runs at home to East Lancs.

They used eight bowlers and shared out the spoils as the visitors made 265 for nine.

The home side could only manage 176 all out with Freddie Priestley topscoring on 27.