Seconds kept on the back foot in cup

Freddie Priestley batting for Todmorden seconds
Freddie Priestley batting for Todmorden seconds

RAMSBOTTOM won the Lancashire Telegraph Cup for second teams for the 11th time, beating Todmorden by 116 runs at Centre Vale.

A strong batting performance from Chris Wood’s side took the match beyond Todmorden after the visitors piled up 282 for eight.

Richard Rothwell top scored with 80 from 65 balls with 14 boundaries.

The skipper himself hit 53 from 72 balls with seven fours and Andy Whittle slammed a quickfire unbeaten 54 from just 50 balls to rub salt into the wounds of Stuart Priestley’s men.

Solid scores from the rest of the batsmen supported the main run scorers.

For Todmorden, Ilyas Hussain (two for 53), Lee Pearson (two for 62) and Hurr Abbas (two for 52) all picking up a couple of wickets.

The home side’s uphill task began badly with the skipper Priestley back in the pavilion for six with the score on 20.

Tight bowling restricted Todmorden to 166 all out.

Cricket Section Chairman Mark Clayton celebrated with a top score of 28, including five boundaries.

But it was not to be as wickets tumbled in the chase for runs.

Freddie Priestley battled away from 30 overs in scoring 25, Abbas hit 22, Chris Ross 17, James Crossley 15 and Hussain 14.

A bright last wicket stand of 20 between Gareth Rudderforth (10) and Nathan Heywood (nine not out) delayed the inevitable but Matt Lees cleaned up Rudderforth to secure the cup for Ramsbottom once again.