Newbitt steps down - Sutcliffe takes over as Todmorden CC skipper

TODMORDEN Cricket Club captain Simon Newbitt has stepped down.

The opener, who has been at the club since 2003 will however continue to play.

The new captain is middle order batsman and off spinner Andrew Sutcliffe, who has played for Todmorden since 2002.

Press Officer Cathy Rudderforth said: “The committee and the club would like to thank Simon for his sterling work and commitment to the club.”

Sutcliffe said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed captain and I am really looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.

“I think there’s a really good bunch of lads at the club and with Qaiser’s quality as pro’ I think we can be a match for anyone but we just need to add some consistency.

“I look forward to carrying on the good work of Simon and taking the team forward.”

Pakistan professional Qaiser Abbas made a dramatic impact on the club’s home game on Sunday.

As Todmorden made the top score of the day in the Lancashire league in a 135-run win over bottom club Rishton at Centre Vale, he dominated with both bat and ball.

He hit a century as his side made 240 for seven after Rishton professional Cameron Delport (3-54) had ripped out the top order to have Todmorden struggling at 35 for three.

Abbas hit eight fours and three sixes in making 100 from 94 balls.

Nick Barker (42) added 81 for the fourth wicket with him and then Stevie Barker (30) added 50 for the fifth wicket to put Todmorden in charge.

Abbas then took seven for 32 to dismiss Rishton for 105.

It was another outstanding performance by a professional, Francois Haasbroek, the day before that put paid to Todmorden as he led Lowerhouse to a third win in a row, beating the Centre Vale men by 21 runs in a 26 overs a side game.

The South African made an unbeaten 60 and then picked up five for 56 as the visitors were restricted to 111 for seven.

Lowerhouse closed on 132 for four and then the home professional sent back openers Simon Newbitt (4) and Ben Sutcliffe (1), who fell to a brilliant one handed catch.

Stevie Barker made an unbeaten 34 and James Crossley 20 with three players making 13, Matthew Brierley, Andrew Sutcliffe and Paul Senior.