Sutcliffe hopes Todmorden can make amends on Colne’s return

Geeth Alwis took six wickets
Geeth Alwis took six wickets

Todmorden skipper Andrew Sutcliffe says his injury-hit side will pull out all the stops to get themselves out of a rut.

The Centre Vale Park side suffered two defeats last weekend, against Colne in the Twenty/20 competition on Friday and at Enfield in the Lancashire League on Sunday.

Batsmen Simon Newbitt and Elliott Gilford are on the sidelines but it was their bowling and fielding which left them under pressure.

Sutcliffe said: “We are not on a good run at the moment but we have a good opportunity to put that right against Colne at home on Sunday.

“I am not sure at this stage if any of our injured players will be available but we will be trying our best to bag a victory in front of our members.”

Colne will be confident, having won the Twenty/20 group match by 23 runs.

The visitors elected to bat and made a useful 143 for nine with 67 from opener Adam Holt. Sutcliffe said: “In T20, when you post a score above 130 at our level you are in control as the pressure is on every batter in the second innings to score at a good rate.

“Despite positive knocks from Freddie Priestley (30) and Paul Senior (22) the score could still not be achieved.”

On Sunday Todmorden lost by 75 runs at Enfield and slipped to 10th of the 14 teams.

Asif Fazal (82) and pro Brad Moses (63) helped the home side piled up 257 for nine. Tod’s paid man Geeth Alwis took a league best six for 72.

Todmorden only managed 182 in reply with a 62-run fifth wicket stand between Sutcliffe (24) and Matthew Brierley (40) the highlight.

Sutcliffe said dropped catches had cost his side and he thought a couple of poor decisions had hampered his men’s batting effort.

“We really needed one of our batsmen to score big. All of the top six got a solid start but in the end none of us capitalised as the run rate kept increasing with the field spread.

“ A real positive was Geeth Alwis’s bowling and we hope that performances with the ball like this will follow from him on a regular basis.”