TODMORDEN missed a great chance to put their title bid firmly on track.
They lost at Church in their second successive defeat.
It meant a great chance to cut Lancashire League leaders Lowerhouse’s lead was missed, especially as Lowerhouse themselves lost.
Todmorden even dropped a place as Accrington climbed above them from third.
Church professional Saeed Anwar was the main man hitting an unbeaten 57 after taking four for 50 to bowl the visitors out for 123.
Muhammad Jamil also took four for 24 with Todmorden skipper Andrew Sutcliffe top scoring with a valiant half century.
He hit six fours from 113 balls before being last man out for 53. Ben Sutcliffe also made 31 and Matthew Brierley 17.
Anwar hit five fours from 83 balls to lead Church to a seven wicket win.
Adam Greenwood hit an unbeaten 34 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 89 with his professional after the early loss of openers Levi Wolfenden (1) skipper Craig Fergusson (3) and then Nasser Hussain (10).
“It was a huge blow to lose in the manner that we did,” said skipper Sutcliffe.
Todmorden were put in after losing the toss. The wicket was wet and got better throughout the day as the sun dried it out.
Todmorden were really up against it at 25 for three with both opener Simon Newbitt and professional Qaiser Abbas out.
“A par score on that track was about 175 and there are no excuses for not putting in the performances at this stage of the season,” said Sutcliffe.
“We knew that we had to take early wickets and we did that with them at 30 for for three.
“Just like last week we dropped the pro twice and in the end it cost us, but it was not just that, the entire performance was not good enough,” he said.
Todmorden will be looking to bounce back next weekend with games against Colne and Enfield.
They need good performances in those games to keep a title bid on track.
l OPENER Jacob Crossley top scored with 56 as Todmorden seconds beat Church at Centre Vale.
The visitors were all out for 136 with Lee Pearson being the pick of the bowlers with three for 36.
In reply Todmorden scored 137 for seven.
l AWAY from home, Todmorden thirds just pipped Lowerhouse in a rain affected game.
In their 37 overs Todmorden made 97 for five with David Harper unbeaten on 32.
He was also the pick of the bowlers with three for nine as Lowerhouse got 93 for nine in reply.