Todmorden maintained their improved Lancashire League form on the back of another good knock from Chris Schofield yesterday.
The Centre Vale men climbed to eighth in the table after a 10-run win at Clitheroe in a game reduced to 41 overs per side.
Schofield, the ex-England spinner who is playing as an amateur for Tod this year, hit his fourth half-century in quick succession.
He top scored with 66 from 80 balls and added 71 for the third wicket with Freddie Priestley (44) as the visitors made 166-5.
Opener Harry Lang made 65 in reply but the home side were kept in check by the likes of skipper Andrew Sutcliffe (2-27 off 13) before Fiaz Rasool (3-24) and Schofield (2-35) picked up wickets as Clitheroe tried to accelerate. The home side finished on 156-9.
There was frustration for Walsden, who were unable to press home their superiority over bottom side Darwen at Scott Street and a ‘no result’ in a rain-hit contest left each side with three points.
Third-placed Walsden worked hard to make 184-9 off 50 overs. Dave Bowden (6-40) proved a thorn in their side but skipper Nick Barker made a battling 53 and professional Umesh Karunaratne a more cautious than usual 25.
Rain restricted Darwen’s reply to 15 overs and they were 63-6 at stumps with Jamie Shackleton (4-33) inflicting much of the damage, visiting pro Marques Ackerman making 40 of the visitors’ runs.