Varied attack gives Tod skipper encouragement for cup date

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Todmorden will be looking to get back to winning ways after a couple of setbacks with two more fixtures this weekend.

They entertain Church in the Lancashire League on Saturday and then travel to Enfield on Sunday in the Worsley cup.

Skipper Andrew Sutcliffe has a full squad to chose from and has stressed the importance of the cup game.

“The Worsley Cup is huge for us and the T20 (which starts at the end of May) has been expanded this year so we will be doing all we can to get through the first round.

“Enfield are a good side and they have a professional with excellent statistics (Graeme van Buuren) and they will see themselves as favourites.

“But we have a good variety of bowling options so hopefully that will play in to our favour.”

Church are fourth and Enfield 12th in the table while Tod share fifth spot with Haslingden after Sunday’s six-run defeat to Bacup in a 33 overs a-side match at Centre Vale.

Ex-Tod player Adam Highley anchored Bacup’s innings, batting through for 57 not out in a total of 154 for four. He added 83 for the second wicket with Tim Farragher (47).

Todmorden, who had lost to Haslingden in their previous match, struggled to score off pro Haseeb Azam (two for 54 off 15) but Kristian Garland (38), pro Timm van der Gugten (19), Gilford (18) and Ben Sutcliffe (18) kept them in the hunt.

Sutcliffe (25 no) spearheaded Tod’s late effort but they were unable to score 13 off the last over.

Sutcliffe said: “Sunday was disappointing. We worked really hard to get the ground fit as quickly as possible but they played better than us.

“ We had a couple of chances in the first innings that we didn’t take.

“At half time we were still confident but knew that their pro would bowl half the overs so to go at over 4.5 runs an over throughout we needed to play well and unfortunately we couldn’t got over the line.”

“A few of us batsmen got in but couldn’t go on to produce the match winning knock the team needed.”

All Saturday’s games, include Tod’s match at Accrington, were washed out.