Cricket: Pro Dave hits his way into the record books
THERE is no stopping Todmorden professional David Wiese, who virtually won their league gam single-handed.
The South African rocketed to his second century in successive weeks with a superb all round performance in Todmorden's 74 run win at Nelson.
He is now the Lancashire League's leading runs scorer and has taken more wickets than any other of the league's professional players.
He smashed fourteen fours and eight sixes in making 140, his third century of the season and the highest individual score of the season in the league to date.
His third wicket stand of 202 with Nick Barker (46) was also the highest of the season as the visitors made 265 for four.
Not content with with battering the home attack, he then set about the batting with an incredible spell of bowling.
He set Centre Vale record keepers scurrying for their books as he recorded the best bowling figures of the season in taking eight for 56 to bowl Nelson out for 191.
Wiese now has most league runs with 591 and he has 40 wickets, the most by a professional.
Nelson professional Burton de Wett, who was one of Wiese's victims, made 60.
Joe Whitehead picked up four catches behind the stumps, but there was only one star of this show and as Todmorden's Andrew Sutcliffe said: "it was the perfect professional performance.
"It was the best display by a professional that I've ever seen.
"He took control from the first ball. All the rest of us did was just turn up."
Todmorden are now in fourth place and play Rawtenstall at home on Sunday looking to continue where they left off against Nelson.
"We beat them at home earlier in the season and with form that David's in, even with some players missing, we're feeling confident," said Sutcliffe.