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Bennett Lays the Foundations for Victory PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 May 2014

A clinical performance from Middleton’s 2nd Eleven secured their passage through to the second round of the Burton Cup.

Upon winning the toss, Rob Bennett elected to bat first on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Gareth Hughes and Pete Foden both promoted to opening the batting, and they cautiously repaid the faith showed to them by putting fifty on for the first wicket, with the pair punishing anything short.

But 56 for 0 quickly became 56 for 2, as Foden was caught by Roger Smethurst at cover off the bowling of Simon Dawson for 33 and, without adding to the score; Hughes was bowled by Dom Fawcett for 19. 

Tom Rutter and Bennett came to the crease looking to rebuild the innings; they began to pick the gaps in the field and running quick singles. 

The 27 run partnership came to an end when Rutter was caught by Dawson off the spin bowling of Mike Grogan.

At 93 for 3, Matt Collins came to the crease looking to offer some support to his captain. And with some smart batting and quick running, the pair looked at ease and took the score past 150. The partnership came to an end when Collins (26) was caught and bowled by Smethurst at the second attempt.

Bennett was eventually bowled for a superb 77, which truly was a captain’s innings, leading his young side by example.

Some tasty late order hitting from Mark Buckley and Mo Sohail got Middleton past the 200 run mark and ended their 50-overs on 208 for 5.

At the tea interval, both sides felt like they were in with a chance of victory.

Simon Dawson and Matt Hood opened for Heywood and showed their intent from the first over, going after anything that was slightly over pitched.

But the experienced opening attack of Hughes and Sohail quickly found their rhythm and restricted the batsmen.

Hughes struck the first blow with the score on 30, when he had Hood was caught at mid-off by Collins for 18.

Three overs later, Hood was followed back to the pavilion by Dawson as Sohail claimed his wicket, caught at mid-off by Buckley.

The Middleton attack took wickets at regular intervals, not allowing the Heywood side to build partnerships. Mark Buckley and, 15 year-old, Tom Rutter bowling excellently in tandem as they rarely gave the batsmen chance to score runs.

Mike Grogan and Chris Booth staged a middle-order fight back before Pete Foden removed Grogan with his second ball. Rob Morley only lasted two balls, before he was bowled by a beauty to leave Heywood 116 for 7, requiring 93 runs off 17 overs for victory.

Foden claimed his third wicket, with Chris Booth picking Hughes out at deep mid-wicket. And it was Chris Shaw that claimed the last two wickets; Smethurst caught at long-off by Rutter and James Mills was bowled.

With this excellent victory, Middleton will now meet Monton and Weaste in the second round of the Burton Cup. The match is due to be played at Towncroft on the 22th June.


Middleton vs Heywood             
G Hughes        b D Fawcett    19 
P Foden    c Smethurst    b Dawson    33 
T Rutter    c Dawson    b Grogan    15 
R Bennett       b D Fawcett    77 
M Collins    ct & b    b Smethurst    26 
M Buckley    not out        14 
M Sohail    not out        10 
        Extras: (1b, 6lb, 4w, 3nb)    14 
        Total: (for 5 wickets)    208 
R Purser    10-4-14-0         
J Mills    8-2-39-0         
D Fawcett    7-1-44-2         
S Dawson    7-1-22-1         
M Grogan    10-0-43-1         
R Smethurst    8-0-39-1         
S Dawson    c Buckley    b M Sohail    11 
M Hood    c Collins    b Hughes    18 
D Fawcett        b Rutter   
S Burrill    LBW    b Buckley   
A Fawcett        b Rutter    18 
M Grogan        b Foden    23 
C Booth    c Hughes    b Foden    20 
R Morley        b Foden   
R Smethurst    c Rutter    b Shaw    10 
J Mills        b Shaw   
R Purser    not out       
        Extras: (4b, 27w, 2nb)    33 
        Total: (all out)    151 
G Hughes    6-1-17-1         
M Sohail    8-1-39-1         
M Buckley    10-1-26-1         
T Rutter    7-0-23-2         
C Shaw    7-0-31-2         
P Foden    6-0-11-3         


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