Painful day for Bhatti and Tod

Actions from Todmorden v Haslingden at Todmorden CC. Pictured is professional Bilawhali Bhatti
Actions from Todmorden v Haslingden at Todmorden CC. Pictured is professional Bilawhali Bhatti
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Injured professional Bilawal Bhatti was unable to see Todmorden through to victory in a dramatic Lancashire League match yesterday.

The Pakistani, who had split the webbing on a hand in the field, came in at number 11 with six needed to overhaul Haslingden’s 205 for seven total.

However, he was trapped leg before by Jo Sipocz to give the visitors a five-run win, which took them above Andrew Sutcliffe’s side and into eighth place.

Bhatti had earlier taken four for 81, his victims including visiting pro Burton de Wett for 52 from 56 balls.

Tod lost Ben Sutcliffe without a run on the board and Ben Pearson soon followed but Simon Newbitt and Elliott Gilford added 86 to put Todmorden back in the match.

De Wett eventually dismissed both, left-hander Newbitt for 77 from 97 balls and Gilford for 24.

Martin Harlow took Tod to the brink of victory with 28 not out but the opening bowler ran out of partners with 10 balls left.

Lancashire League

Todmorden v Haslingden

Haslingden won by 5 runs. Todmorden 5 pts, Haslingden 12 pts.

HASLINGDEN 205 for seven

J Sipocz c Newbitt b Gilford 13

GA Knowles b Bhatti 38

BC de Wett c Priestley b Bhatti 52

M Griffin b Bhatti 26

AJ Coleman b Bhatti 2

J Taylor run out 11

A Jeffrey c Bhatti b Harlow 36

JM Shannon not out 11

JE Neary not out 1

Bowling: Bhatti 17 1 81 4, Harlow 14 2 34 1, Gilford 8 0 28 1, A Sutcliffe 7 0 36 0, Priestley 4 0 23 0.

TODMORDEN 200

SD Newbitt lbw b de Wett 77

BD Sutcliffe lbw b Sipocz 0

BA Pearson b Neary 5

EC Gilford st English b de Wett 24

KM Garland c English b Griffin 10

A Sutcliffe c Shannon b de Wett 6

O Whitehead b Griffin 0

M Harlow not out 28

SA Priestley b Griffin 5

H Ali b Neary 9

B Bhatti lbw b Sipocz 0

Extras 36

Bowling: Sipocz 7.2 0 34 2, Neary 9 2 31 2, Griffin 17 2 59 3, Knowles 3 0 21 0, de Wett 12 0 51 3.