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Friday, 01 May 2015

Ashton were the first visiting team to Towncroft this year and they delivered a heavy defeat to the 1stXI. With the sun beating down on a dry pitch, Middleton were were asked to bowl first and the visitors got off to a good start, reaching 50 for 1 after the first ten overs.

With the arrival of new professional Ernest Kemm the previous day, there was great anticipation as Ernest made his debutGrant didn’t waste any time bringing him on to bowl his left arm orthodox spin, firstchange at the Towncroft endreplacing Joel Harris who finished with two wickets from his opening spell.


Ernest bowled well with impressive variation and control and formed a good partnership with George Walker who, together helped slow down the run rate and remove the middle order, as Ernest claimed his first 3 wickets in a Moonrakers shirt.


It was clear from their batting innings that Ashton were a much changed team from last year, captained by ex pro of the club Ben Johnson. Whilst there was more depth in the batting order and they finished on 187 for 7, Middleton perhaps didn’t bowl enough wicket taking balls.


After tea Walker and Tierney set about chasing a reasonable total. Walker looked to be timing the ball well as he caressed a wide full pitched ball through the covers. However, after being injured from a shy at the stumps he was bowled shortly afterwards with 7 runs to his name


The departure of walker was the start of many wickets to fall in short succession for the Moonrakers as a mini collapse began. After staying with Kemm for a while, Tierney returned to the pavilion and Captain Jones was soon to follow as he snicked one behind to the keeper off the slow left arm opener. After looking fairly comfortable with the pro, newcomer Zain Tahir was the fourth wicket as he fell lbw to sub pro Robert Wooley and concerns really began to grow as Middleton, soon afterwards found themselves 48 for 8 as Wooley claimed a hat trick


It was time for someone to step up to the plate and at least salvage some pride, if not a miraculous win given the circumstances. As Joel Harris came in at number 10 in a perilous situation, he showed determination with the bat.Himself and Farukh Shaghir steadily accumulated runs and began to rescue the team from an embarrassing defeat only for shaghir to be given out lbw on 21.


It was now the turn of the retro club legend Tom Astley. Despite some conflicting communication strategies, the pair showed great Spirit and provided entertainment for the spectators with Astley scoring 22 and Harris finishing six short of his half century as Middleton finished on 152 at the end of their batting innings- losing by 2 wickets and 35 runs.

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