Andrew Sutcliffe will captain Todmorden CC again in 2015

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The middle order batsman and change bowler confirmed after Sunday’s final match 126-run home win over Rishton that he was staying on.

“It is sorted - I’ll be doing it again next year,” he said.

Tod, who won on Sunday with the help of 150 from Lancashire CCC’s Liam Livingstone, had already been assured a ninth-placed finish.

“We’ve gone up a place since last year and got more points with pretty much the same side,” said Sutcliffe.

“A few of the younger lads are improving and we are confident that over the next couple of years we can build a side that can be pushing into the top half of the table.”

He said the loss of overseas ace Michael Neser, who returned to Australia for tour duty, had been a major blow.

Although the sub professionals had done reasonably well, Tod had only won two games out of eight since Neser’s departure.

The Centre Vale club would dearly like Neser back next year but Sutcliffe rates the prospects of that happening as “very doubtful.”

He revealed that Neser could qualify for Germany, which might ease his path into English county cricket.

“We will be looking for a fast-bowling all-rounder because that best fits the make-up of our side,” said Sutcliffe.

“I’m not expecting any extravagant amateur signings.”

Tod will need a new second team skipper as Lee Pearson is retiring to spend time watching his son Ben, the wicketkeeper, in the firsts.