Veteran Clayton back in style for Tod friendlies

TODMORDEN Cricket Club had a busy pre season with friendly games on Saturday and Sunday, against Didsbury and Booth.

The match against Didsbury saw an outstanding five for 47 from veteran Mark Clayton, who was drafted in at the last minute.

Simon Newbitt and Matthew Brierley scored 38 and 27 and new boy Paul Senior contributed 26, along with Andrew Sutcliffe’s 54 not out, to the overall total of 201.

Didsbury made a good start with an outstand 65 from opener Gregory, but Clayton proved too much of a handful for most of the rest of the batsmen.

On Sunday a significantly different team turned out against Booth.

Todmorden batted first, and despite losing the opening pair of Ben Sutcliffe and Chris Ross cheaply, Stevie Barker and Thomas Whittaker steadied the ship, and with Danny Brown making a quick 53 not out, Todmorden finished on 173.

Most of Booth’s batsmen struggled against some excellent bowling, Stevie Barker helping himself to four wickets for only 17 runs off 10 overs. Only Richard Laycock and H. Wajed could manage double figures. Richard Laycock lost his wicket after Stevie Barker took a catch off the bowling of David Harper, and H.Wajed was bowled by Barker on 31.

Once this partnership was broken Booth had little to offer and were bowled out for 133 after 34 overs.

On Saturday, Todmorden travel to play fellow Lancashire League club Ashton in a special knockout cup competition, the LCB Cup.

Todmorden were invited to take part as being among the top four in the Lancashire League.

The club is holding a “meet the pro” night tonight (Thursday) to welcome new professional Qasar Abbas at 8.30 pm at Centre Vale.

All members are welcome and it is anticipated that it will be a fun evening.

The new professional is a Pakistan international player, who is an all round performer, and will receive a warm welcome from all of the members of the club.