Elliott’s maiden ton to no avail in close game

Elliott Gilford’s maiden league century went unrewarded as Todmorden suffered the narrowest of Lancashire League defeats at home to Rawtenstall last Saturday.

Gilford hit an unbeaten 104, with seven fours and four sixes, and moved past 500 runs for the season.

He added 144 for the third wicket with professional Geeth Alwis, whose 67 included six fours and a six, as the Centre Vale Park side scored 219 for four.

The visitors slumped to 78 for six but crucially Rawtenstall pro Brett Pelser still there and he added 64 with Andy Riley (36).

Pelser was eventually out for 109 with two needed for victory. Skipper Vinny Hanson (7 not out) and Keith Roscoe saw the visitors home with one ball to spare.

Alwis took four for 75,including his 50th wicket of the season.

Andrew Sutcliffe was full of praise for Gilford, who was on 98 before hitting the final ball of the Tod innings over cover and into Burnley Road for six.

The skipper said Gilford had taken great confidence from scoring a 50 recently and had batted with real maturity.

“Everyone at the club knows that he will be a huge success for us going forward and there will be more days like this to come for him,” added Sutcliffe.

Todmorden are away to a Church side who beat Burnley last weekend this Sunday and Sutcliffe expects to have a full squad available.

A young Todmorden seconds side suffered a heavy defeat at Rawtenstall, who made 202 with with Nathan Heywood taking three for 59 and 13-year- old Hamza Bhatti two for 25.

Todmorden’s inexperienced side could only muster 65 in reply.

On Sunday Todmorden’s development squad hosted Middleton’s academy team, scoring 191 and bowling out the visitors for 161. Star performers were George Hatton (54) , Ben Pearson (49no), Oscar Halstead (three for 25) and AlexDawson (three for 13).

Bridgeholme go to Old Crossleyans in the Halifax League’s middle section tomorrow desperate to wipe out the eight-point gap between the sides, who are second and third from bottom.

Allah Ditta’s five wickets were in vain as the Eastwood side lost at home to title-chasing Sowerby St Peter’s last Saturday.