Skipper Andrew keen to carry on

Todmorden skipper Andrew Sutcliffe
Todmorden skipper Andrew Sutcliffe

Andrew Sutcliffe is keen to continue as Todmorden CC skipper after what he acknowleges has been a difficult season at times.

The Centre Vale Park men have finished a disappointing 10th of 14 teams in the Lancashire League, having lost at Lowerhouse in their final game last Sunday.

Sutcliffe said: “We have had five broken bones throughout the first team and at one point we had four players missing, which ultimately takes it toll on a season.

“We have also had our strongest side out less than five times.”

Sutcliffe said Tod were going through a transitional phase after losing 10 first team players in four seasons.

“It is very hard to keep a balanced and successful side throughout a period like that.”

Sutcliffe said player unavailability had also been rife.

“We are in a position where we need every player and member at the club to be totally committed and to be behind the policies that are in place for the development of the cricket side of the club.”

On the captaincy Sutcliffe said: “I am very keen to continue as captain. It is something that I enjoy doing. “

Sutcliffe praised the efforts of Geeth Alwis, even though the Sri Lankan has not been asked back as professional for 2014.

“Geeth has scored 1000- plus runs and taken 60 wickets which is a top effort for any pro,” he said.

“The majority of his runs came in July when he scored 500 runs in five innings and throughout that month he was a pleasure to watch.”

Todmorden have had to blood several youngsters and Sutcliffe said those who had stepped up had shown promise.

He said the focus for next year was getting the balance of the side right rather than strengthening.

“The professional next year needs to be a seam bowling all- rounder who can lead the attack with the likes of Freddie Priestley and Elliott Gilford learning from the pro.

“If we can convince Gideon Foster to not retire then that will be one hell of a bonus.”

Last season’s champions Lowerhouse scored 217 for nine, with Alwis picking up four wickets, and their pro Francois Haasbroekthen reduced Tod to 84 for six. The home side went on to wrap up an 82 run win with Alwis making 55.