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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Middleton v Unsworth Wood Cup second round Sunday June 17 2012

Masterful Middleton sail into semi-final

MIDDLETON comfortably beat Unsworth at Towncroft to book a place in the semi-finals at home to Rochdale on Sunday July 1.

Unsworth won the toss and put Middleton in to bat. Scott Stanworth and skipper Ste Davey had their work cut out against Unsworth opening bowlers Jonathan Fowler, their professional, and Jack O'Brien to the extent that only seven runs had been scored in the first six overs.

In what turned out to be a vital stand for Middleton they then put on a superb 101 in 25 overs with Stanworth being the main aggressor.

Stanworth was the first to go, lbw to Simon Hetherington for 59 with the score on 101. Ten runs later Middleton’s professional Michael Smith fell for four, caught by Unsworth’s overseas amateur Hussain Badat off the bowling of Liam Richards.

The score of 110 for two became 121 for four as first Davey fell for a battling 39 caught by O’Brien off Hetherington and two balls later George Walker followed Davey back to the pavilion caught and bowled by Hetherington for 0.

 Tom Hardman and Grant Jones repaired the damage with a stand of 43 before Hardman was caught by Hetherington off Fowler for 28,

Reece Jones brother of Grant, then came to the crease, but they could only manage a six-run partnership before Reece (2) was caught by Richards off O’Brien and three runs later Danny Core (2) became the seventh wicket to fall as he was caught by Unsworth captain John Wiggans off Fowler.

Dale Highton and Jones took the score to 190 before Fowler picked up his third wicket when he bowled Highton for five. Richard Fitton hit a rapid 14 off just seven balls - including a massive six out of the ground off O’Brien - before being run out pff the last ball of the innings with the back to form Jones finishing unbeaten on 42 off 60 balls as Middleton finished on 210 for nine.

Middleton needed early wickets and that is what they got when with the score on five Zaffer Zaman bowled Any Gregoriou for one.

Badat and Chris Long took Unsworth to 26 then Hardman shattered Badat’s stumps after he had managed 12 runs and four runs later Zaman struck again when he bowled Long for six.

Unsworth were under the cosh, but Wiggans and Aman Arora kept them up with the run rate with a stand of 64 before Danny Core struck twice in four balls. He had Wiggans (30) caught by Smith and Arora well caught by Davey also for 30.

If Unsworth were going to win this game a lot depended on professional Fowler, but disaster struck for the big South African with the score on 113 when Andy Clarkson drove a ball firmly back at Core who deflected it on to the stumps and Fowler was out of his ground. He had added nine runs.

The feeling was that he was Unsworth’s last chance and so it proved as the last four wickets fell for 35 runs with Hardman returning to have O’Brien lbw without troubling the scorers.

Zaman picked up his third clean bowled. Clarkson on 18 was the victim. Richard Fitton bowled  Richards for 16 and Highton finished the innings off when he had wicketkeeper Mark Hague caught at slip by Davey for seven with Hetherington not out 0.

A good all round performance from the Towncroft boys and another step towards the Wood Cup final.

The second team also progressed to the semi-finals of the Burton Cup with a win at Crompton.

Next weekend sees the first team travel to Crompton with the seconds at home and on Sunday the firsts host Rochdale with the Seconds travelling over to Redbrook for games starting at 1.30pm

Monday sees Middleton travel to Norden in the sudden-death match of the 20/20 competition with a start time of 6.15pm.


S Stanworth lbw Hetherington 59

S Davey ct O'Brien b Hetherington 39

M Smith ct Badat b Richards 4

T Hardman ct Hetherington b Fowler 28

G Walker ct & b Hetherington 0

G Jones not out 42

R Jones ct Richards b O'Brien 2

D Core ct Wiggans b Fowler 2

D Highton b Fowler 5

R Fitton run out 14

Extras 15

Total 210-9



J Fowler 10 2 37 3

J O’Brien 10 2 33 1

H Badat 3 0 21 0

A Clarkson 3 0 16 0

J Wiggans 6 0 32 0

L Richards 10 1 28 1

S Hetherington 8 0 37 3



H Badat b Hardman 12

A Gregoriou b Zaman 1

C Long b Zaman 6

J Wiggans ct Smith b Core 30

A Arora ct Davey b Core 30

J Fowler run out 9

A Clarkson b Zaman 18

J O’Brien lbw Hardman 0

L Richards b Fitton 16

M Hague ct Davey b Highton 7

S Hetherington not out 0

Extras 19

Total 148 all out



T Hardman 8 1 16 2

Z Zaman 10 0 49 3

G Walker 3 0 16 0

D Highton 8.1 0 23 1

D Core 10 1 35 2

R Fitton 2 0 5 1

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