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Thursday, 23 April 2015

The 1st XI started their season away, to Elton C.C, one of two new clubs entering the league this season. On a typically chilly opening day of the season, Middleton elected to bat first on a wicket which looked well prepared, as did the rest of the ground. Skipper Grant stuck with openers Rhys Tierney and George Walker, however young Tierney struggled to settle on a slow early season deck and returned to the pavilion early. 

Substitute professional Hendro Puchert was boosted up the order to no. 3 and began to show his qualities just as he had done when he deputed for the Moonrakers at the end of last season. Hendro and Walker began to steadily accumulate runs, as George amassed his third half century in as many games since returning from a winters spell in Australia.

Despite some excellent clean hitting, Hendro managed to pick out the fielder with one which he perhaps hit too well, scoring 43. As skipper Grant came in next, he began to score quickly and continued the rich vein of form he had shown in the warm up games against Thornam and Heywood. This was until he ran himself out for 20.

With the departure of the skipper, George walker was the next to return to the pavilion with a well deserved 73 -top scoring in the match. With the score on 140 wickets began to fall quickly and apart from newcomer Farukh Shaghir , who made a quick fire 10, nobody made any significant contributions as Middleton were bowled out for 184.

Mindful of the sticky, low bouncing wicket, Middleton began their bowling innings with Hendro and Michael Pritchard and there was a clear determination to unsettle the batsmen as Pritchard trapped the opener LBW in the second over. Hendro bowled excellently and began to suffocate the Elton batters who couldn’t handle his quality line and length and after bowling their professional for a duck, victory was in sight with the hosts 35 for 3.

This said Middleton showed great discipline and were in no mood to be complacent. As Joel Harris received the ball at first change, he bowled with intent and fluency making a mess of the stumps on four occasions, delivering the final blow which saw Middleton win by 64 runs.  This was a confident start to the season with some fine performances. The next league game is at home against Ashton on Sunday  26th April.

For the scorecard of this match please visit; http://middleton.play-cricket.com/website/results/2368010 

Mike Pritchard 

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