Two home games for Tod after Church setback

Todmorden skipper Andrew Sutcliffe
Todmorden skipper Andrew Sutcliffe

Todmorden have two chances to start climbing the Lancashire League table this weekend and put a disappointing display against Church behind them.

Andrew Sutcliffe’s side have a rearranged home game against seventh-placed Enfield on Saturday and then host 11th-placed East Lancashire on Sunday.

They lost by 127 runs at West End last Sunday after the home side had rattled up 245 for eight in spite of Sri Lankan Geeth Alwis’s five for 74.

Tod managed only 118 in reply with Sutcliffe and Paul Senior each making 24 and Alwis 20, leaving the pro two short of his 1,000 runs for the season.

There was better news from Todmorden seconds who picked up 12 points at home to Church after posting 237 for seven with Ross Coates (53) and Max Gale (52) the main contributors.

Chris Barker, Nathan Heywood and Sam Foster each took three wickets to dismiss the visitors for 156.

Last Saturday’s Foster’s Halifax League action was curtailed by rain with Mytholmroyd left particularly frustrated.

Dave Townsend’s third-placed side needed to beat leaders Jer Lane in their bid to start closing a 16-point gap.

Three wickets from Adie Gawthorpe helped reduce double-bidding Lane to 121 for eight in the 35th over when play was washed out.

Bridgeholme were not too unhappy to see play ended away to Old Crossleyans in Division One. They were 18 for five and 47 for seven at Broomfield before Chris Kibble (46 no) and Saj Mahmood (24 no) took the total to 99 without further loss.