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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The 1st XI crashed out of the Wood Cup at the first hurdle against Heywood at Crimble on Sunday. Despite restricting the hosts to what was believed to an an average 234-8 from their 50 overs, the Middleton batsmen - who had not been bowled all out all season up to this point - stumbled to a rather poor 153 all out.

 

The home side won the toss and elected to bat on a typically excellent Crimble wicket. Opening batsmen Bobby Cross and Dale Latham did not disappoint home fans, putting on 52 for the first wicket before Cross played an uncharacteristic loose shot from the bowling of George Walker; caught by skipper Grant Jones at cover.

 

Latham and new batsmen, Heywood Captain Danny Pawson, added another 50 - the Moonrakers not helping themselves by dropping Pawson early on - to take the game away from the visitors.

 

However, an inspired change of bowling by Jones, deciding to bring on part-timer Steve Davey, worked immediately as the veteran got Latham with his first ball for a well played 51.

 

Pawson became the mainstay of the Heywood innings, building partnerships with Professional Behardien and then Overseas Amateur Riley Patterson as Heywood, the Wood Cup Holders, took the total past 150.

 

However, quick wickets from youngsters Rhys Tierney and Ben Lee got Middleton back in the game to leave the home side 157-4.

 

This topsy-turvy innings took another twist as Patterson and the dangerous Andy Dawson went on the attack to take the home side to 210 with a total of 260 plus looking well within reach.

 

However, Middleton’s fine bowling and fielding towards the end of the innings restricted the holders to 234-8 from their 50 overs.

 

Steve Holmes, who was playing in his first game of the campaign following injury, was particularly impressive with an economical 10-3-20-0, with Davey (2 for 52), Tierney (1 for 28), Walker (1 for 28) and Lee (2 for 42) also impressing in what was a good fightback by the visitors.

 

Note must also go to Captain Grant Jones for taking 3 catches during the innings.

 

With the sun baking down, a good pitch and fast outfield awaiting Middleton, the big crowd at the impressive Crimble Cricket Ground waited anxiously to see how this exciting game would turn out.

 

However, Middleton’s batsmen failed to live up to expectations in what was something as a disappointment in a season where the batting has been the strongest of all 3 disciplines.

 

Overseas Amateur Harry Nicholls fell early, whereas Grant Jones (19) and George Walker (14) both got starts before getting themselves out.

 

Despite this, Professional Grant Edmeades continued his blistering form with a majestic 87 not out, despatching all Heywood bowlers (who must have had horrible flashbacks to the 150 the South African scored against them last season) to all parts of the ground.

 

One particular impressive shot was hitting Chris Kaye out of the ground for 6 (something of an incredible feat considering Crimble is the biggest ground in the Central Lancashire League). 

 

However, he was not to be supported by his teammates; in-form Steve Davey fell to a good ball from Chris Kaye and Sam Warren, who has contributed with some vital lower order innings this season, looked all out of sorts; falling to a long hop from the slow left armer.

 

The rest of the Middleton batsmen didn’t do much better and the visitors innings stumbled to 153 all out from 38 overs.

 

Pick of the bowlers was Joey Lovell with 6.5-1-20-4.  Also assisting were Kaye (2 for 43), Behardien (2 for 20) and Patterson (1 for 31) as the home side progressed to the next round to face Monton & Weaste.

 

HEYWOOD

R Cross c Jones b Walker 26
D Latham lbw b Davey 51
D Pawson c Lee b Tierney 58
F Berhardien c Jones b Lee 9
R Paterson c Nicholls b Edmeades 24
A Dawson c Jones b Lee 33
W Hunt st Nicholls b Davey 1
B Thulborn run out 9
T Blundell not out 0
J Lovell not out 4
Extras 19
Total (for 8 wkts, 50 overs) 234


Fall of wickets:
Bowling: 1-52, 2-107, 3-143, 4-157, 5-210, 6-213, 7-226, 8-230


Bowling: Harris 6-0-18-0, Holmes 10-3-20-0, Walker 5-1-28-1, Edmeades 6-0-39-1, Lee 8-1-41-2, Davey 10-0-52-2, Tierney 5-0-28-1

MIDDLETON
G Edmeades not out 87
H Nicholls b Behardien 2
G Walker c Kaye b Paterson 14
G Jones b Dawson 19
S Davey c Pawson b Kaye 7
S Warren c and b Kaye 1
M Foden lbw b Lovell 6
R Tierney b Lovell 2
B Lee c Thulborn b Lovell 4
J Harris b Behardien 0
S Holmes c Kaye b Lovell 0
Extras 11
Total (37.5 overs) 153


Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-41, 3-82, 4-93, 5-98, 6-129, 7-143, 8-149, 9-150, 10-153

 

Bowling: Paterson 7-0-31-1, Behardien 7-0-20-2, Dawson 7-0-37-1, Kaye 10-2-43-2, Lovell 6.5-1-20-4 

 
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