Todmorden title bid falters amid controversial “rain off”

EVERYTHING went against Todmorden at the weekend as their Lancashire League title bid faltered

It was a real blow when they were rained off while in a great position against Colne at Centre Vale and brought criticism from captain Andrew Sutcliffe.

“We were cruising to victory with only 162 to chase and then the umpires decided to take us off due to the rain, which showed a complete lack of common sense and defied the spirit of cricket,” he said.

The visitors were dismissed for 162 with professional Mansoor Amjad hitting an unbeaten 100 with seven fours and a six.

Professional Qaiser Abbas took four for 48 and skipper Andrew Sutcliffe three for 37. Todmorden had made 87 for one when rain intervened. Abbas was on 33, including his 600th run of the season, and Ben Sutcliffe 25.

Sunday was pointless again for Todmorden with a three-wicket defeat in a 47 overs a-side game at Enfield.

Skipper Sutcliffe was again disappointed with result. “We fought really hard to stay in the game and take it to the wire. We pushed them all the way, but we felt that we were definitely on the wrong end of several decisions.

“Our challenge is now to win every game left of the season and see where we end up.”

At Enfield, Abbas made an unbeaten 68 from 98 balls, including seven fours and two sixes, and took four for 56 but his opposite number Werner Coetsee was the match winner with an unbeaten 73 as Enfield chased down Todmorden’s 166 for four.

Ben Sutcliffe made 40 and Nick Barker 19 in the visitors’ innings. Abbas removed both Enfield openers cheaply but Coetsee and his skipper Adam Bracewell put on 79 for the third wicket before Bracewell fell to Sutcliffe, who had figures of three for 31, for 39. Coetsee hit five fours and a six to win the match in the last over with four balls to spare.

l ILIAS Hussain was in fine form with the ball for Todmorden seconds as they won at Colne on Saturday, but lost at home to Enfield on Sunday.

At Colne the home side were all out for 113, with Hussain taking four for 25.

Then due to rain Todmorden had to make an adjusted target of 90, which they did in 21.5 overs for the loss of three wickets. I.Bhatti top scored with an unbeaten 40.

Against Enfield, Hussain took a further three wickets as the visitors posted a score of 208 for eight.

In reply, Todmorden’s run chase dropped short as they reached 181 for nine, with Jacob Crossley top scoring with 35.