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On a wet and breezy day at The Cliffe, Todmorden won the toss and put us in to bat.

Allan Armer and Matt Oddie opened and got us off to a decent start before Matt nicked off to slip.  Armer was joined by pro Ashen Silva and they built a good partnership before Allan got a leading edge and was caught. Patrick Swanney came in to join the pro and scored 10 but he fell, and was quickly followed by Ashen who was caught behind off his pad.  Harris Masood and Phil Aspinall were the new batsmen, but Phil didn’t last long, a contentious LBW saw him back in the clubhouse just before the rain came.

We lost 14 overs each side to the delay, meaning when the game recommenced we had six overs to swing the willow. Paul Houldsworth joined Harris and they got the innings going, until the latter was caught quickly followed by Paul, bowled trying for a biggie having previously launched two large sixes into Cliffe Lane. Maher and Newton batted the last over and a half boosting the total to 131 off 36 overs

The Duckworth Lewis Stern calculation newly adopted by the league for this year meant Todmorden were set 143 to win from their 36 overs.

Maher and Aspinall opened up and Maher was unplayable, albeit with no luck. He did get an early break through, trapping the opener LBW, whilst the other opener was dropped at slip on 11 off Aspinall (he went on to make 73).

Silva replaced Aspinall and took a wicket LBW, bringing in Todmorden pro Chris Schofield. He was soon dispatched however by Maher, bowled off the inside edge.

With Maher having bowled his 11 overs to.finish a superb spell, captain Houldsworth came on and, in his own words, bowled 2 overs of dross to get Todmorden in the box seat. Paul Newton replaced Silva at the other end whilst Harris Masood replaced Houldsworth, picking up 3 wickets in a good spell to get us back in the game.

It came down to Todmorden needing two to win off the last over with four wickets in hand. Newton took an excellent caught and bowled 1st bowl but it was not to be our day, Todmorden getting over the line with a boundary next ball.

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