Skipper’s dismay at below-par effort

Todmorden skipper Andrew Sutcliffe is demanding a big improvement from his side at home to Rishton on Sunday with the onus on his batsmen to step up their game.

Sutcliffe was hugely disappointed by the manner of his side’s defeat at home to East Lancashire on Monday when they were rolled over for 85 in reply to the visitors’ 178 for nine, which included 57 from left hander Minhaj Bhada.

It was only the Centre Vale Park side’s second loss in the Lancashire League this season and came after Stuart Priestley had produced a good three for 50 spell to keep the visitors in check.

Sutcliffe said: “It was a competitive total on a very good wicket but we were confident at half time that we could chase down the score.

“We were 30 for three after 10 overs and we never recovered from that but the manner of some of the dismissals was not good enough and we didn’t perform at anywhere near the standard that we can.”

Tod have struggled for runs on a few occasions recently and Sutcliffe will be hoping his early order men can bat solidly at Rishton, who have won three our of seven.

Monday’s defeat, which leaves Tod fifth in the table, was in contrast to Friday’s Twenty/20 display at Colne when the visitors made it two wins out of two in their group with a seven wicket win.

Colne professional Shadley van Schalkwyk hit 51 but Tod were happy to limit the hosts to 130 for six.

After losing openers Simon Newbitt for three and Ben Sutcliffe for five, professional Qaiser Abbas hit an unbeaten 64 with six fours and three sixes from 41 balls.

He added 79 for the third wicket with Matthew Brierley (33) and Paul Senior (17 not out) teamed up with Abbas in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 40 to seal victory.

Andrew Sutcliffe said: “The T20 went well at Colne. We were playing on the end wicket with a really short hit one side and we did really well to restrict them.

“After nine overs we were only 30 for two but Mat Brierley smashed a quick fire 30-odd and Paul Senior hit a couple of big ones to help Qaiser Abbas see us home.”

Tod play competition favourites Lowerhouse away on Friday.

Sunday’s programme was washed out, including Todmorden’s match at Colne, and they have been rescheduled for Saturday, July 21.