Gilford’s fine 50 sinks Nelson

Great score: Elliott Gilford
Great score: Elliott Gilford

Todmorden face a double weekend of Lancashire League action boosted by a return to winning ways at Nelson last Sunday.

The Centre Vale Park side, with Simon Newbitt again at the helm in the continued absence of injured Andrew Sutcliffe, were grateful to excellent performances from Gideon Foster, Elliott Gilford and Oliver Wood for their two-wicket success at Seedhill.

Newbitt elected to bowl and Nelson laboured to just 31 for three after 25 overs with Paul Senior bowling extremely tightly at one end.

Foster had two spells and took a league best six for 40, pro Geeth Alwis picking up the key wicket of South African pro Ryan Canning, who had scored a century the day before. In spite of Tod’s efforts, Nelson still reached 176 for eight.

Newbitt (40) and Ben Sutcliffe (14) put on 50 at the start of the reply but when Sutcliffe departed and Alwis played on for the fourth time this season, Nelson looked favourites.

They strengthened their position by reducing Tod to 100 for six but Benjy Pearson hit a positive 13 in a tough situation and Gilford and Wood batted superb as the visitors set about scoring 45 off the last 10 over.

Both pinched singles and turned ones in to twos out in the deep. Gilford hit a big six over extra cover and Wood cover drove a boundary with a couple of overs left.

Wood was out for 25 with only two required, Joe Hanson hitting the winning runs with eight deliveries to spare.

Gilford finished on a career best 50 not out and sidelined skipper Sutcliffe said: “His innings was very controlled and he timed the run chase to perfection with great assistance from Wood.

“It was the kind of performance we needed after the last couple of weeks.”

Todmorden go to Ramsbottom on Saturday and Sutcliffe said: “It will be a huge task as they have just beaten the top of the league Accrington, and they always put up a good fight against us.”

Tod are on the road again on Sunday, at Bacup. They will be without Matt Brierley and Kristian Garland.