Tod hope to spoil tomorrow’s party

Todmorden's Simon Newbitt
Todmorden's Simon Newbitt

TODMORDEN are preparing to spoil the potential league winners’ party at Centre Vale on Sunday.

While still not out of it in third place in the Lancashire League, they host leaders Lowerhouse, who could clinch the title by beating the home club.

“So we will be doing our best to delay that for a further week,” said skipper Andrew Sutcliffe.

“With four games left we will still be trying to win every game as you never know what can happen,” he said.

A four-run defeat at Rishton last Sunday ruined Todmorden’s title hopes.

The home side made 148 for six with sub professional Gulam Bodi, a previous professional with Todmorden, making an unbeaten 72 from 84 balls with four fours and two sixes after surviving an early scare.

Shaun Wyse also made 29 and skipper Jimmy Bibby 28 with Todmorden professional Qaiser Abbas taking three for 68 for the visitors.

A superb spell of seven for 49 by Ali Sartaj restricted Todmorden to 144 for nine.

He could have had eight had he not dropped a catch off his own bowling in the final over that would have secured maximum points.

Simon Newbitt made 27, Nick Barker 28, Ben Sutcliffe 20 and skipper Andrew Sutcliffe 16 but Todmorden let the game drift after being in charge at 99 for three.

“Sunday was hugely disappointing and we should not have lost this game.

“Again, our catching was not good enough, but we also let ourselves down badly with the bat,” said Sutcliffe.

Todmorden had kept their title hopes alive with an eight-wicket win over Haslingden at Centre Vale the day before.

James Morgan took five for 28 with a good spell of accurate bowling and Abbas three for 35 as the visitors were dismissed for 99.

Simon Newbitt then crashed a fine unbeaten 74 off only 60 balls with 11 fours and two sixes, passing 600 runs for the season, as Todmorden eased home after just 18.1 overs.

l TODMORDEN seconds completed a fine double over the weekend.

They thrashed Rishton at Centre Vale on Sunday by 174 runs after beating Haslingden the day before by 11 runs.

Stuart Priestley was hero over Rishton, carrying his bat for 107 as Todmorden scored 277 for five.

Mark Clayton hit 43 and Ilias Hussain was 30 not out.

Lee Pearson to9ok six for 34 and Nathan Heywood four for 10 as Rishton were skittled out for 103.

At Haslingden James Crossley top scored with an unbeaten 50 as Todmorden reached 136 for five.

Haslingden in reply were 125 for four. Priestley took three for 32.