Time is up for Timm as Todmorden prepare for Bhatti arrival

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Timm van der Gugten completes his stint as Todmorden CC’s stand-in professional with two outings over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Tod travel to high-flying Lowerhouse on Saturday and then stage their T20 Cricket Festival day at Centre Vale on Monday.

Bilawal Bhatti is due to land next Wednesday, having missed the start of the Lancashire League season after being selected for a Pakistan A tour.

The 24-year-old van der Gugten, a Dutch international who plays in Australia, flew in at short notice but has had limited success, taking eight wickets at 28.37 and scoring 35 runs at 8.75.

However, skipper Andrew Sutcliffe said he had done Timm has done a fine job.

“It is his first UK stint so it is a steep learning curve of what lengths to bowl on the wickets, especially with them being so wet recently.

“He bowls at good pace and he is a typical Aussie off and on the field. We wish him all the best after his contract ends.”

Todmorden have made a reasonable start to the season but they face a tough assignment on Saturday against a Lowerhouse side who had an eight-wicket win at Bacup on Sunday and are only one point behind Burnley at the top.

Monday’s event is to generate money for the club’s development fund, which helps the juniors.

Tod will do battle with local rivals Walsden, Rochdale and Lowerhouse. There will be two semi-finals and a final at 4.45pm with an under 11s competition involving the four clubs at half time.

Tod’s recently formed girls section will also be having an inter-club match on the ground.

There will be a DJ, barbecue, the famous red brick tea hut, a bouncy castle and a beer and cider tent selling cans for £1.50.

Todmorden slipped to sixth last Sunday when they lost by 60 runs away to Nelson.

Neil Thompson hit 61 and added 68 for the fourth wicket with Chris Heap (21) before Stuart Priestley gave the visitors hope with six for 36 to dismiss Nelson for 176.

However, Tod managed only 116 in reply with only Elliott Gilford (24) and Ben Pearson (18) in double figures.

Sutcliffe said: “It was a standard Nelson wicket which is relatively inconsistent in bounce, so once runs are on the board you are in the box seat. But we did not bat well enough.

“We bowled well as a team with the seamers up front being very economical and then Stuart Priestley rolled back the years with his controlled leg spin bowling the last eight or nine overs from one end.

“We knew that we would need a half century and one solid partnership but at 40 for four we were up against it.

“We should have got a lot closer to the total and we missed out on bonus points.

“It was a disappointing day in the end.”