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Middleton v Rochdale Sunday June 24 2012

Wanapura Puts Middleton To The Sword

ROCHDALE’S Sri Lankan professional Malinda Wanapura played a classy innings at Towncroft to ensure the visitors went away with five points in a dress rehearsal for Sunday’s Wood Cup semi-final, writes Rod Highton.

Middleton Skipper Ste Davey won the toss and elected to bat on a damp track. Davey was on his way back to the pavilion off the first ball of the second over after attempting to drive Tom Avery, only to see Wanapura take an easy catch at mid-off.

The score had reached 13 when Scott Stanworth (10) went, well caught by Ian Halliwell at slip again off the bowling of Avery.

Middleton professional Michael Smith and Grant Jones then took the score to 34 before Jones was superbly caught by Daz Cryer off Michael Harling for 15.

Smith and Tom Hardman doubled the score, but all the batsmen were finding it difficult to score.

Another sharp catch at slip by Rochdale skipper  Andy Dawson accounted for Smith for 20 off Greg Butterworth.

The drinks break came but immediately on resumption Hardman (13) was bowled by Wanapura with the score on 72.

That soon became 79 for six as George Walker popped one up to Wanapura off the bowling of  Butterworth.

Reece Jones and Danny Core hit a sprightly 23 before Jones (13) tried one shot too many and was caught by James Maurice Scott off Wanapura and eight runs later the same combination accounted for Core for 12, half of which came in one big six.

Rochdale wrapped the innings up with the total on 118 when Butterworth had Dale Highton (6) caught by Halliwell and Richard Fitton (6) smartly caught by Dawson to give Butterworth his fourth wicket.

It was a total that seemed quite a few short unless Middleton could take early wickets.

Halliwell and overseas Amateur Bryon Haycock opened the batting and Zaffer Zaman struck with the score on 2.

He bowled Halliwell who didn’t trouble the scorers.

Haycock was the next to go with the score on 27 for 13. Despite surviving a caught and bowled chance earlier on he was well caught by Smith at slip off Zaman, although there was some confusion over whether he had hit the ball. The young South African turned and walked off the field.

Six runs later Middleton and Zaman got their third wicket when Cryer was bowled neck and crop for four.

That was to be Middleton’s last wicket as Wanapura and Butterworth put together a stand of 79 with Butterworth ending unbeaten on 12 and Wanapura accumulating a magnificent 74  off 55 balls, including 12 fours and a six.

Both teams will be looking forward to next week’s semi-final and Middleton will be going all out for revenge.


S Stanworth ct Halliwell b Avery 10

S Davey ct Wanapura b Avery 0

M Smith ct Dawson b Butterworth 20

G Jones ct Cryer b Harling 15

T Hardman b Wanapura 13

G Walker ct Wanapura b Butterworth 4

R Jones ct Scott b Wanapura 13

D Core ct Scott b Wanapura 12

D Highton ct Halliwell b Butterworth 6

R Fitton ct Dawson  b Butterworth 6

Z Zaman not out 0

Extras 19 Total 118


M Harling 9 3 28 1

T Avery 10 3 23 2

G Butterworth 11.3 3 33 4

M Wanapura 10 1 32 3


I Halliwell b Zaman 0

B Haycock ct Smith b Zaman 13

M Wanapura not out 74

D Cryer B Zaman 4

G Butterworth not out 12

Extras 9 Total 112 for 3 (After revised run rate)


D Highton 6.4 1 33 0

Z Zaman 7 0 34 3

D Core 3 0 24 0

T Hardman 2 0 16 0

THE Wood Cup semi-final against Rochdale starts at 1.30 on Sunday at Towncroft with the Second XI travelling to Hare Hill to play Littlebrough in the semi-final of the Burton Cup.

Saturday sees the Seconds at home to Royton and the first team in the reverse fixture at Royton both starting at 1.30.

Tonight (Monday June 25) sees Middleton play the last game of the 20/20 Round Robin at Woodhouse Lane Norden in a must win game.

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