Todmorden go second as Newbitt hits career best

Simon Newbitt
Simon Newbitt

TODMORDEN moved up to second place in the Lancashire League with another fine win.

It also saw a career best score for opener Simon Newbitt and another hatful of wickets for professional Qaiser Abbas.

Todmorden were aided by the fact that other teams around them lost, leaving only league leaders Lowerhouse victorious along with the Centre Vale men.

Lowerhouse now lead Todmordcn by seven points, but third placed Accrington are now 11 points adrift.

But Accrington come to Centre Vale on Saturday in what is another big game for Todmorden.

Skipper Andrew Sutcliffe said: “It has come to the stage of the season where big performances are needed from every player in the side if we want to still be in the hunt come the last four games of the season.”

There was no bigger performance than that of Simon Newbitt.

The opener and former captain hit a career best 125 as Todmorden posted a score of 242 for seven against fourth-placed Church.

He and professional Qaiser Abbas put together a third wicket stand of 150 with Newbitt passing 500 runs for the season, and Abbas 51 after Andy Bentley (4-85) had dismissed opener Ben Sutcliffe for no score and Stevie Barker (10) to have Todmorden on an uncomfortable 24 for two.

Newbitt faced 150 balls, hitting 13 fours and six sixes with Abbas facing 77 balls and hitting six fours and a six.

“Simon showed his true quality and delivered with a huge performance when we needed it most,” said Sutcliffe.

“His knock of 125 was a personal best for him and throughout the innings he played with dominance and showed his true power hitting abilities.

“Qaiser played very much second fiddle to Simon when batting just playing the ball around nicely allowing Simon to be at his destructive best at the other end.”

Abbas led the way with the ball taking six for 45 showing why he is top of the Lancashire League bowling charts with 71 wickets.

Stevie Barker’s opening spell was very impressive as he controlled the ball causing trouble to the top order with his late swing. He ended with three for 36.

The bowlers were backed up well by everyone in the field.

l THE second team suffered a cup final hangover at Church, only able to muster 109 in reply to the home side’s 223 all out.