Carry on Qaiser as Tod beat Burnley

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TodMORDEN professional Qaiser Abbas continued where he left off last season as his side beat Burnley by 85 runs in the Lancashire League on Sunday.

Scoring was difficult at Centre Vale Park but opener Simon Newbitt showed the way for Tod with 46 and Abbas was the next top scorer with 23 in the home side’s 152 all out.

Abbas took 100 wickets last season and it was business as usual for the slow left-armer as Burnley slumped to 15 for five.

The Pakistani took four for 25 and received great support from James Morgan (three for 32) and ex-Walsden player Elliott Gilford, who came on for a burst and took two quick wickets in his league debut, as Burnley were dismissed for 67 in the 26th over.

Abbas did not stop there though and was in the wickets again the following day too in a rain-affected game at Enfield, reduced to 40 overs.

He took another four wickets and Morgan also got another two as Enfield struggled to 96 for nine.

It did not take long for Todmorden to knock off the target as they made 98 for one in 21.2 overs.

The only wicket to fall was that of opener Newbitt, who got the visitors off to a quick start as he hit another good total with 33.

Ben Sutcliffe showed his abilities by seeing Todmorden home with an unbeaten 41 in 20 overs with good support from Stuart Priestley, who was 13 not out.

l FREDDIE Priestley top scored for Todmorden seconds with 49 as they won by seven wickets on Sunday against Burnley.

The home side were bowled out for exactly 100, with Ilias Hussain taking four for 18 and Jacob Crossley three for 20.

Todmorden easily reached their target for the loss of just three wickets.

The following day they beat Enfield at Centre Vale.

They reached 160 for seven in reply to the visitors’ 159 for six.

Jacob Crossley top scored with 58 and Nick Heywood took three wickets for 19 runs.

l THE third team opened a successful weekend for Todmorden on Saturday at East Lancs

They opted to bat and made 206 for the loss of eight wickets and then skittled the home side out for 116.

Bilal Abbas top scored with 53 and I Bhatti hit 44. Crossley was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for 12.