Todmorden blow away the cobwebs in four friendlies

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Todmorden were set to take to the field for the first time since September yesterday with a game against Cheadle CC at Centre Vale.

It is the first of four friendlies - all at home - prior to the Lancashire League opener on Sunday, April 20 when Colne are the visitors.

Tod play Rochdale and Mytholmroyd the following weekend and then local rivals Walsden on the day before the season starts.

Skipper Andrew Sutcliffe said: “We are all looking forward to getting back to it, if the weather holds.

“Cheadle are captained by Australian Paul Sperring, who we came up against a few years back when we played Didsbury.

“They are a good team, and it should be a good start to the season with a good game of cricket and a good social night after. “

Sutcliffe said the Cheadle players had arranged to stay in a local bed and breakfast on Saturday night.

Sutcliffe revealed that Bilal Abbas had left the club but Zeshan Shoukat had been added to the ranks.

Sutcliffe said Shoukat had recently moved to the area.

“We are hopeful that he can have a good impact throughout the campaign.”

Todmorden’s professional Michael Neser arrives on Thursday, April 17 in time for the friendly against Walsden and the Colne league opener.

South African-born Neser is based in Australia and after a spell with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash he has had a couple of first class outings for Queensland.

He did well against Western Australia in Brisbane, hitting 40 and taking three for 37 and three for 44.