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Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Overcast and muggy conditions greeted both teams for the second game of a double header weekend. Middleton would again win the toss and elect to bat on a pitch that was firm but had a slight tinge of green towards it.

There was only one change to the Middleton side with Danny Core being replaced by George Walker. Given the previous days play captain Jones decided not to tinker with the order and Edmeades and Nichols once again opened the batting. First over was a maiden the second a wicket maiden. Edmeades was bowled off their non-spinning off spinner as he just misjudged the line. This brought George Walker to the crease. Nichols as he took the score to the mid 30’s when walked turned a ball behind square, Nichols set off for the single calling “yes, yes” only to see his partner just standing there, Nichols out for 26. Middleton 2 down. Within a few balls Jones had played a similar shot that of Edmeades and was bowled as well for a duck.

Former club captain and number 5 batsman, Steve Davey, joined Walked at the crease with the score at 3/36 and the Middleton boys in deep strife against a bowling attack that lacked penetration. Some horrendous fielding from the Oldham men and some excellent patient batting saw the score reach and go beyond 100. Walker was first to bring up his 50 showing that he is in red hot form with the bat this year and within a matter of overs, Davey was doing the same. As Middleton got into a position to attack the remaining 10 or so overs of the innings they lost both Walker and then Davey in quick succession.

Warren strode to the crease wearing his faded cap and played himself in, soaking up a few deliveries, but it was perfectly fine given what was to come. He and the 15-year-old, Rhys Tierney, pushed the scoring rate up to close to a run a ball thanks to some handing boundaries and once again sloppy fielding. On two occasions Tierney was half way down the wicket when the ball was thrown from inside the ring, yet he survived. Warren was finally out playing none other than a team role for 29 and Rhys would remain not out with 20.

Oldham was set 227 off their 50 overs as Middleton were able to reach that score only 7 down. This also meant that so far this season Middleton have not been bowled out a huge positive for the first team given some of last year’s results.

The Middleton ladies must have gotten wind of the Milnrow Tea’s the day before and were out to impress the first team lads and re-claim the mantle for top honours. Once again the 30 minutes flew on by.

On a fast bouncy track Middleton were graced with the speed of Saqib Mahmood, a young Lancashire and England Prospect. Although his figures of 7 overs 1/21 may seem good, they should have looked even better. Some very close decisions went to the batsman and understandably to as one bouncer took nearly every possible pit stop on its way to short leg as well as an edge that flew between keeper and first slip.

Whilst all the excitement and speed was happening at the Towncroft end, Joel Harris was quietly working away from Hollin Lane end, bowling with the best control he has done with thus far this season and some genuine outswing to compliment it. He was rewarded with figures of 9 overs 3/33, 1 caught at mid-off (their pro) and 2 bowled including an incredible late in swinging Yorker to the left hander that destroyed middle and leg.

Grant Edmeades would replace Mahmood at the Towncroft end after his restriction of 7 overs and Pritchard would replace Harris. Both would bowl extremely well together and in a solid partnership. Edmeades, who bowls naturally quite quickly for a leg spinner, was able to slow his pace down and remove two of the Oldham batsman both to skyed balls. Whilst Pritchard at the other end also picked up his best figures of the year 3/1 off only 2.3 overs, one would come thanks to a chop on, a diving catch at second slip and a one handed screamer from Mahmood at backward square leg. Leaving him on a hat-trick for the next game he plays.

The Middleton lads were much better on day 2 than 1 in the field and also with the ball. A few of the more pleasing things from Middleton is the fact that all batsmen are amongst the runs, they have not been bowled out and they are having fun and there is a great sense of excitement around the group.

My votes

3. Davey

2. Walker

1. Harris

 
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