Todmorden thrash Rishton in double-quick time

TODMORDEN marched into the semi-final of the Worsley Cup after a double-quick thrashing of Rishton at Centre Vale.

Those arriving at Centre Vale Park after 3pm were disappointed as Tod had already wrapped up a 10-wicket win over the struggling visitors.

They can now look forward to a home semi-final against cup-holders Ramsbottom on Sunday, July 3.

Stand-in skipper Steve Juliff quite rightly chose to bat on winning the toss.

The one slim chance that Rishton, the league’s bottom club, had of making a game of this encounter was if sub professional Roy Silva could repeat his heroics of the 2008 final at Centre Vale.

The Sri Lankan was first to depart though without troubling the scorers.

Rishton were all out for just 36, their main hope of success vanishing with the departure of Silva.

The substitute professional was first out, one of five visiting players who failed to register a run.

Rishton got to 14 for five and Josh Brown was the only player to reach double figures, making 10.

Professional Qaiser Abbas’s three for two were the pick of some impressive bowling figures, Stevie Barker and Lee Pearson picking up a couple of wickets.

Left hander Simon Newbitt (25) and Ben Sutcliffe (5) knocked off the runs in six overs.

Skipper Andrew Sutcliffe said: “Rishton were missing a few key players and they were relatively weak, but they had a top pro in Roy Silva who is very dangerous.

“A comprehensive victory like that cannot be taken away from the team and to be finished by 3pm was surreal.”

He was delighted to get a home tie against Ramsbottom.

“With the variety in our attack and the consistency we have shown over previous weeks we are all looking forward to the game and we have nothing to fear,” he said.

Church will play Nelson in the other semi-final and Tod seconds are also through to the Lancashire Telegraph Cup semi-final, after beating Enfield. They will now travel to Rishton.

Ross Coates (53), Olviver Wood (46), Freddie Priestley (44) and Stuart Priestley (33) were the mainstay of the batting as Tod reached 215 for five.

In reply Enfield were skittled out for 112. Gareth Rudderforth took four for 18 and Stuart Priestley got a hat trick in taking three for 10.