Rain pain for Todmorden skipper, Walsden washed out - both now prepare for double headers

Elliott Gilford top scored for Todmorden against Accrington
Elliott Gilford top scored for Todmorden against Accrington

Todmorden are desperately hoping the weather improves for their two games this weekend after a frustrating start to 2013.

The Central Vale Park men host Burnley on Saturday and go to East Lancashire on Sunday in their quest for a first Lancashire League win of the campaign.

Their first two games have been weather-hit. Tod’s opener at Rawtenstall was the only one completely washed out and Andrew Sutcliffe’s side lost an interrupted contest at home to Accrington last Sunday.

“It was a bad weekend,” admitted the skipper. “I know Accrington won but rain was the real winner.”

Sutcliffe said league rules made winning the toss vital when there was rain about and his counterpart had chosen to bowl first.

There were three stoppages in the Todmorden innings and having built a solid base, they lost their final nine overs and were limited to 151 for four.

Ben Sutcliffe (38) batted well until there was mix up and he was run out, professional Geeth Alwis had a solid start with 36 and Elliot Gilford impressed with 40 not out.

The rain continued after tea and the visitors were left needing 129 off 30 overs.

A few early boundaries put Accrington in charge and although Gideon Foster bowled really well with a wet ball to pick up four wickets, visiting skipper Graham Lloyd (22 no) survived a couple of leg before shouts to see his side home.

Sutcliffe added: “Fair play to the umpires for doing their best to get the game on.

“It wasn’t our day but hopefully next weekend we can come out on the right side of the results.”

Walsden face a double weekend of Central Lancashire League action after being limited to less than 36 overs of play last Sunday.

Chris Dewhirst’s side travel to Milnrow on Saturday and then host slow-starting Norden on Sunday.

The champions appeared to have their backs to the wall, at 102 for six against Heywood, when play was washed out four days ago.

The Gale brothers, Josh and Joe, were trying to repair the damage after only Kris Halstead (40) of the earlier batsmen had made an impact.

In last weekend’s other action,Walsden seconds lost by eight runs at Heywood, finishing on 113 for six in pursuit of a revised target after the hosts had made 189. The thirds were five without loss in reply to Whalley Range’s 170 when play was ended.

Stevie Barker was seeing a physiotherapist this week to have his hamstring injury checked out but fellow seamer Jamie Shackleton will return this weekend after being unavailable last Sunday.

Walsden are awaiting news of overseas man Shuhbam Harkal. The all-rounder attended an interview for a visa 20 days ago and is ready to board a plane as soon as he gets the paperwork through.