Derby got season under way but Rammy test rained off

It was a disappointing start to the Lancashire League cricket season for Todmorden.

Their opening league fixture at Acre Bottom against Ramsbottom was washed out by the weather.

The second team did manage to get some play in at Centre Vale though.

There the opposition hit 240 off 50 overs and Todmorden had made 60 for two when the rain came down and stopped play.

Unfortunately Ramsbottom won on a better run rate.

Next weekend Todmorden play Church at home on Sunday.

Skipper Andrew Sutcliffe said: “It will be a tough game as they have a very good professional and they have recruited well over the winter.

“But everybody is looking forward to what will be our first league game of the season.”

It was a washout weekend too for Walsden who were due to play Radcliffe in the Central Lancashire League at Scott Street.

There was no joy either for the seconds away at Radcliffe, where their game was also hit by the weather.

On Sunday Walsden travel to Oldham.

At least the eagerly awaited friendly between Todmorden and Walsden was able to take place on Saturday.

In that game, Walsden got 142 for nine from the 40 overs.

Jamie Shackleton top scored with an innings of 45 not out which included a number of big hits.

Todmorden professional Qaiser Abbas picked up four wickets and Ben Sutcliffe had two direct run outs in the game. Todmorden knocked off the total with with just five wickets down and six overs to spare.

Opener Simon Newbitt continued where he left off last season with a fine knock of 85 not out.

Sutcliffe said: “It is always good to beat your local rivals in the pre-season warm-up.”