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Sunday, 10 October 2010
A look back at the 2010 Season at Middleton and may I first of all give a big thanks to Captain Ste Davey in what was a season of many Highs and Lows.

The First bit of bad news came when the season started when we found out our new Professional for the season Decendra Bundela from India with a record of over 5,000 1st class runs had not arrived due to visa problems a situation that was to go from bad to worse when the Club was forced to cancel his contract when the problems had still not been solved at the half way stage of the season.  Great credit must be given to Steve along with Dale Highton and Scott Stanworth that we had a Professional for all but 3 games of the season, the games against Royton (H),Radcliffe (A) and the last game of the season away at Oldham.

In total we had 14 different Pros during the season with the most prolific being our new Professional for next season South African Michael Smith who played in 7 games for us and scored 584 runs at an unbelievable average of 116.80.In the home game against Crompton Smith scored 193no off only 139 balls with his last 93 runs coming off just 39 balls with 26 x 4s and 4 x 6s, he also scored 166 against Unsworth  off 136 balls with 26 x 4s and 2 x 6s.

Thanks must go to the Club and Cricket Comittee for backing Steve in what we believe to a top signing for next year and everybody is keeping their fingers crossed that everything goes well for Smithy in his domestic season back in South Africa.

The season ended on a poor note when we lost nine out of our last ten games with the other being drawn but overall the season was far from doom and gloom.

Despite the terrible ending to the season we still finished 9th in the league and to say we played with so many different Pros and the fact Steve had to call on a totalof 24 different players during the season for quite a few varying reasons, I believe we did well in the circumstances.

In the first game of the season we beat Clifton at home a team that went on to finish 5th in the league to clinch a place in the Lancashire Cup with Scott Stanworth hitting 112 the first of his 2 centurys in the season the other being 105 against Walsden in a total of 975 runs for the season finishing just 25 runs short of the 1,000 runs the most runs by an Amateur in quite a number of years.

Also in that game Dale Highton picked up a five wicket haul a feat he achieved another 4 times during the season the best being 7 for 18 against Ashton and he finished with 80 wickets  for the season the best return by an amateur for Middleton since the Legend  that is Lee Wolstenholme.

Danny Royle also got his maiden five for in the 1st team when he took 5 for 53 against Crompton.George Walker and Grant Jones got experience of bowling in the 1st team and Mark Buckley strove manfully all season with 25 wickets  opening the bowling without getting his just rewards and Danny Core picked up 26 wickets despite missing a few games through work.On the batting side George Walker finished with 463 runs and got his maiden 1st fifty when he scored 81no off 86 balls in the Lancashire Cup against Little Lever where we saw a tremendous knock of 205 no off 100 balls with 12 x 4s and 19 x 6s from Little Levers' former Professional Abbass.

Davey himself finished with 561 runs with a top score of 55 and Grant Jones 454 runs with a top score of 99 off only 86 with 9 x 4s and 5 x 6s to just miss out on his maiden 1st  century.  Martin Roberts chipped in with 333 runs and a top score of 61 and all in all the young lads who stepped into the team never let anybody down.

So though we would have liked to finish higher to say we did not have a regular Pro we probably did quite well.  Hopefully next season will be the one that turns the clubs fortunes around with a Top Class Professional in Smith and maybe a few new faces in the team from outside the club or even better a few of the young lads stepping up to the first team.

Rod Highton
 
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