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Monday, 11 January 2016

The 2015 cricket season was one of, if not the most, enjoyable and pleasing seasons I have played at Middleton to date.

When I became the Captain I decided to put more faith into the younger lads within the club which at first I knew would be difficult, as for all the potential and ability they have, a lot has to be said for experience in the game. However gaining promotion with this young team was a very pleasing achievement. If we stick together, keep improving and are willing to go the extra mile, I can see the next 5-10 years being very successful with a solid core of players, all of whom are ‘home grown’.

When I took over from Steve Davey I anticipated a couple of seasons for all the players to find their feet before we could progress and become a more consistent performing squad. The 2014 season was very much an example of a new team, coming 5th that season with some very good performances but some also very disappointing ones. One year on, in the 2015 season we shown great progression as a team, a lot of determination to work not just on our individual games but also to help all the players at Middleton CC and finally a great team atmosphere which was illustrated by reaching our main target, promotion. However I must stress to the players this is only the beginning!

This achievement did not just happen by coincidence. It came about through a lot hard work at training, all players working hard during pre-season, all three senior teams working hard pushing for places and the younger lads using vital knowledge from players who have played in the first team before i.e Rob Bennett, Gareth Hughes, Tom Astley etc, as well as Ernest Kemm, last season’s professional.

Ernest was a great addition to our team as pro, not just through his work on the field but also off it. He was very keen on helping out the younger players on their games, which played a big part in their progression. I would personally like to thank Ernest for last season and look forward to him returning for the 2016 one.

I would like to thank all the players within the senior set up for working hard last year and progressing well. I have already spoken about the 1st teams achievements but it was also a huge achievement for the 2nd eleven to stay in the premier division and reach the Burton Cup final under the same circumstances as the first team, this being a very young team at times and this can also be said for our academy team which frequently featured players from as young as the under 13’s. It is great to see all three teams with some very good promising young talent but also taking to the field several experienced players who they can learn from.

Now 2015 has been and gone, I have already spoken to most players prior to the 2016 season and stressed how the hard work has only just started in order for Middleton to get back to where they should be, THE TOP!!! There is still a lot to do, but I feel we are very much heading in the right direction.

I would like to thank both Rob Bennet and Gary Porter for doing excellent jobs as captains of the second and Academy teams respectively. At times this can be a very difficult job with teams forever changing but they always seem to get the results needed.

Moving forward, the 2016 season is going to be a very different year due to the huge change in the league structure and formation, however, having been to various meetings for the new Pennine league, I believe it is a very exciting time to be playing and the people involved in the new league are putting the right controls in place to make it a very big success.

Moving now to off field activities, I would like to thank all the committees, volunteers, tea ladies, scorers, staff and members for their continued support at Middleton. As players we are very thankful for this and the work you do behind the scenes.

I speak on behalf of all the players when I say we are very grateful for all the continued support. I hope everyone has had a very enjoyable Christmas break but now that has passed, it only means the new season is very close!


Grant Jones

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Middleton C.C. currently compete in the Lancashire Cricket League.

Senior matches take place on the majority of Saturday and Sundays.

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