Our chance has gone, says Tod skipper

TODMORDEN skipper Andrew Sutcliffe believes his side’s outside chance of winning the Lancashire League title was washed away on Bank Holiday Monday.

Tod were due to face Enfield at Centre Vale Park in a battle of the third and second-placed teams but the game, like others in the league, was a non-starter.

Sutcliffe’s side are 10 points behind Enfield and Lowerhouse and the captain said: “We are now out of the title race as Lowerhouse have a game in hand. We have three games left and will be trying our best to win all three to finish as high as we can.”

The position would have been much different had Tod not been pegged back in a sensational finish at Burnley on Sunday when the hosts’ Graham Lalor hit the last three balls of the match for six to snatch a tie in a 25 overs-a-side contest.

Lalor hit 37 off 12 balls, Burnley scoring 22 off the final over to level things up.

A two and a couple of singles off Qaiser Abbas’s first three balls left Tod almost certain of victory but Lalor hit out in superb fashion.

Earlier, Abbas had hit 48 off 50 balls after Simon Newbitt (36) and Ben Sutcliffe (31) had put on 58 for Todmorden’s first wicket.

Sutcliffe said: “The finish to the game on Sunday was unreal.

“Fom the start we were always in the driving seat as our openers gave us a solid platform with 60-odd. Then Qaiser came in and took us to a competitive total on a wet wicket.

“In the second innings we had them at 10 for three but their opener (Steve Brunt) scored 50 to take them near the total, but we were still favourites.

“Lalor hit five huge sixes over long off with some clean striking of the ball and he hit one ball from James Morgan on top of the cricket field stand of the Burnley football stadium.

“It was a very disappointing finish to a good game of cricket that we should have won.”