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Todmorden Cricket Club

Est. 1837

Match Report

Back to Back Wins for TCC

30/04/18

  • Usual pre-game fossils vs youth footy game.
  • Benjamin Pearson.
  • Matt Collins.
  • Bilal Abbas with the new cherry.

Full 12 points at Centre Vale...

12 1st XI
0 Burnley

Centre Vale
29/04/18
01:00 PM

Sunday brought the 1st XI a satisfying and deserved 12 point victory over Burnley

Todmorden were unchanged from last weeks opening day win at Great Harwood. Home Skipper, Andrew Sutcliffe won the toss and elected to bat first. The wicket may have swayed many an experienced player with an opinion but despite its green tinge, it was firm underneath and played relatively well. 

With Benjamin Pearson & Elliott Gilford facing the new ball, TCC got off to a steady start. That was until Gilford’s attempted pull shot safely found the hands of ex-Burnley Professional Chris Holt at Square Leg. This brought Ben Sutcliffe to crease, however he departed for 6, trapped in front by Dan Pickup. 

Out came home Professional, Chris Schofield. Schofield had asked where we would like to be at the end of the innings, “200ish” was the reply from the lads & with a nod, out he went. 

A 124 run partnership later, Pearson and Schofield dealt with everything that came their way. A combination of good running and calculated risk taking. Runs never dried up. 

In a personal best performance, Pearson made 95 (163) that included 10 x 4s and a flat six over cover that went like a tracer bullet. He departed with 3 overs left in the innings, the team in a strong position to get to our target and the remaining batsmen with severe Pad Rash. 

Bilal Abbas then supported the Pro in getting us to 195 until Schofield was run out in the final over, trying to steal a single to the wicketkeeper. Schofield had made 67 runs, including 7 x 4s, off 86 balls. 

Todmorden finished on 196-4, a fantastic effort. 

Matt Collins and Bilal Abbas shared the new ball, finding consistent & considerable movement.

The first wicket was brought to you by an ever strengthening Abbas- Schofield Combo. Abbas bowled a probing length with the dangerous Liam Bedford (0) unsure of what to do, left his bat out to hang, with the ball heading to Schofield at 2nd slip. 

This early movement didn’t deter fellow opener, Chris Holt who produced shots that can only be described as dismissive. However, Holts innings came to an end when he was  clean bowled for 24 by Abbas (2-47)

This is when Matt Collins (1-27 off 10 overs) set the standard for TCC in the terms of discipline, pressure and patience. It would be safe to say Collins had the better of Burnley Professional, Asif Zakir, making him play & miss numerous times. That was until Zakir lost his composure and tried to deposit Collins into the graveyard behind National School. He didn’t connect. Bowled. 

There was a small revival then from Burnley with Shah (31) and Marshall (12) playing some attacking cricket. This however all changed with the introduction of Graham Lalor (2-31 off 11) and Chris Schofield (3-31 off 12). In the very short period of time before drinks, Burnley lost 4 wickets for 2 runs (86-7). The pressure was well and truly on. 

Marshall was the first to go, trying to sweep Schofield and being trapped in front leg before. Roberts (0) followed 3 balls later in exactly the same fashion. Next was Shah, trying to hoist Lalor over mid-wicket but only managing to find Elliott Gilford who was ready and waiting. The final wicket in this passage was a run out by Pearson, with Burton (0) the man sent back. 

Pickup (22) and McCluskie (25no) then added 46 runs to the total but by the time Pickup departed the run rate was above 7 an over. Pickup was caught behind by Kristian Garland up to the stumps off Lalor. The final wicket to go was Lawson (2), bowled by Schofield with 8 overs left play. 

It was a good performance by TCC against a very strong Burnley side who will no doubt be amongst the top teams this year. 

1st XI Captain, Andrew Sutcliffe, had this to say after the game: 

“It was a good win against a strong team. Burnley are one of the favourites and we beat them convincingly on the day. 

We won the toss and chose to bat on a firm wicket. Credit to the groundstaff given the recent weather! Benjy played really well throughout his innings and with Schoey they batted very sensibly and milked the spinners through the middle overs without giving a chance. It was great to see the pro and one of our top order dominate a very good bowling attack and set us up to win the game. 

We bowled much better as a unit than last week. Billy continued his development by removing both openers and when Coll removed the pro it was down to our pro to apply the pressure and wickets then fell regularly. 

A good win and gives us more confidence for the game next week away at Ramsbottom ,who have also won both of their first games.”


We travel to Acre Bottom, Ramsbottom, next Sunday (6th) aiming for another win. Come on over & support the boys! #TCC

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