Newbitt plunders a century as Tod’s batsmen make Bacup toil

Ton up: Simon Newbitt
Ton up: Simon Newbitt

Todmorden travel to Nelson on Sunday with a full-strength side and confidence high after a Simon Newbitt-inspired victory away to Bacup.

The batsmen “did the business” in the words of Tod skipper Andrew Sutcliffe, after he had won the toss for a change last weekend.

The visitors piled up 270 for five - the highest score in the Lancashire League this season - and opener Newbitt was back to his best with his eighth century for the club.

Newbitt made 105 off 136 balls, hitting 12 fours and three sixes and passing 6,000 runs in the Lancashire league.

An opening stand of 61 with Ben Sutcliffe (15) helped lay the platform and professional Michael Neser struck 72 from 65 balls to move past 500 runs for the season.

Bacup were counting the cost of Neser’s hitting - they lost five balls.

Elliott Gilford played some classy shots in a rapid 41 not out to take further toll on the home bowlers.

Bacup batted solidly in reply but Sutcliffe, Tod’s match-winner against Nelson the previous weekend, kept up the good work with five for 44 to limit the home side to 184 for six.

Sutcliffe said: “We restricted them to 25 for none off the first 10 overs and that almost killed the game as they had a very uphill task from then on.

“ We took the pace off the ball, which did the trick as the run rate slowed and slowed and the game moved out of their reach.”