Todmorden edge Rishton in thriller

Todmorden returned to winning way with two wins at the weekend.

They won a thriller at Rishton by five runs.

Ali Sartaj took five for 59 and professional Daniel Salpietro three for 85 in Todmorden’s 160 for eight with professional Qaiser Abbas hitting 40, skipper Andrew Sutcliffe 27, Joe Hanson 23 and Paul Senior an unbeaten 13.

The wicket proved a difficult one to play, and Salpietro made life quite testing for the Todmorden batsmen.

Rishton skipper Jimmy Bibby held his side’s innings together with a top score of 69 which included nine fours after Lee Pearson had trapped Salpietro for three and Abbas, who took four for 56 and Andrew Sutcliffe, who took two for 35 piled on the damage.

But Craig Smith (12) helped his skipper take the score into three figures and Rishton looked to be in charge with Shaun Wyse and Shaun Hutchinson (15) going well but when Wyse was stumped by Hanson off Abbas for 29 the match swung Todmorden’s way.

The game was nip and tuck throughout and ended in a nail biting finish, with Rishton losing their last man in the 50th over for a run out on 155, just six short of their target.

It completed a good weekend for Todmorden, who had won the previous day in the LCB Cup.

In the end it was a comfortable eight-wicket victory although opponents Denton St Lawrence posted a competitive total of 199 for six.

Professional I Mirza got 93 and Pearson took three for 20.

In reply Todmorden had an early scare when they lost both openers Simon Newbitt and Ben Sutcliffe cheaply.

But Stuart Priestley and Abbas steadied the ship to see Todmorden home.

Abbas ended up unbeaten on 94 and Priestley unbeaten on 63.

l CHURCH third team posted a total of 233 for four at home to Todmorden thirds.

Church were 164 without loss when captain Gareth Rudderforth dislodged Z. Akbar for 86 and his side picked up a further three wickets.

In reply Todmorden secured a win scoring 234 with a fine knock of 60 from Bilal Abbas and 55 from David Harper, with Freddie Priestley hitting 26 and Imran Bhatti 40.