Todmorden eager to topple leaders

It is a key weekend for Todmorden who must upset Lowerhouse to have a chance of developing into Lancashire League title contenders.

The pair meet for the second time in seven days tomorrow and Andrew Sutcliffe’s side have it all to do after losing the first meeting by five wickets at home last Sunday.

That left them fifth in the table, 26 points behind tomorrow’s hosts, who have a handsome lead at the summit.

Mark Clayton, the cricket chairman at Centre Vale Park, said Tod had their work cut out to gain revenge this weekend.

Lowerhouse are formidable foes on their own ground. They didn’t lose at home in the whole of last season’s league programme and have an unblemished record again this season.

Clayton said: “That makes it a very tough task for us but we need to win on Saturday to keep in touch at the top.”

Last weekend’s game was in the balance with Lowerhouse 89 for five in reply to Tod’s 144 for nine, which included a top score of 29 from Elliott Gilford and a patient 26 from skipper Andrew Sutcliffe.

However, visiting professional Francois Haasbroek hit an unbeaten 32 and Chris Bleazard 36 not out to see the champions home.

Todmorden’s neighbours Walsden will look to take out their frustrations on mid-table opponents in the Central Lancashire League this weekend.

Chris Dewhirst’s second-placed side travel to Monton and Weaste tomorrow before hosting Crompton on Sunday with their focus firmly on the league following their Wood Cup exit at home to Norden.

Walsden lost Jake Hooson, James Rawlinson and Matthew Dawson with only 17 on the board and in spite of a patient 70 from Nick Barker a total of 202 for nine was below par, Norden’s South African opener Michael Price making 109 to help seal victory.

Elland have two tough away games this weekend as they look to maintain theirfine start in the Huddersfield League.

Their first assigment is at Kirkburton, who have three former Hullen Edge players in their ranks.

They are Craig Fletcher, who transferred this year and Ryan Robinson and Greg Buckley, who switched in 2011.

Sunday’s hosts are Shelley, who have talented Bilal Khiljee in their ranks.

One player who will be looking forward to the games is Elland’s West Indian Lorenzo Ingram. He hit an unbeaten 138 to help his side win a Twenty/20 match at Barkisland on Tuesday by 72 runs.