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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The 1st XI hosted Saddleworth CC in their first home game of the year on Saturday, although unfortunately were unable to emerge as winners, despite an unbeaten century from returning professional Ernest Kemm.

Kemm had put the wheels in motion after Middleton had lost opener Tahir who was caught behind for 5. The 2015 Saddleworth league champions had a good bowling attack with a fiery opening bowler who was accurate and caused trouble from the Hollin lane end.
As Kemm went from strength to strength unfortunately his team mates could not stick with him as poor shots in the middle order were concerning as the Moonrakers looked to build a competitive total. However, Pete Foden stepped up to the plate coming in at 6 and played some strong shots and reached an important 28.
Kemm finished the innings with 100 and Middleton reached a defendable total of 180 for the loss of seven wickets.
After a good start with the ball from the openers Pritchard and Gee, who replaced Hughes who was injured after his first over, Saddleworth were reduced to 13 for 2. However professional Imran Aslam was in a destructive mode as he raced to his half century without giving a real chance. At the other end opener Howard capitalised on being dropped twice making 47 before being dismissed-caught behind.
There was a glimmer of hope as Aslam was caught by Tom Rutter off the bowling of Kemm. And pressure was beginning to mount as the score reached 133-4. However overseas amateur Nauman Akram batted sensibly finishing the game 38 not out and ensuring a four wicket win for Saddleworth.
The scorecard can be viewed here
- Sunday saw the Firsts compete in the preliminary round of the Wood Cup at Rayner Lane. After two losses in the league, the team put in a complete performance with a convincing win.
After winning the toss Ashton elected to bat. Tight bowling and tidy fielding in the ring stopped the visitors from scoring and reduced Ashton to 6 for four. Nothing can be taken away from the Middleton bowlers and fielders as Ashton were all out for 44.
After a quick tea break Rhys Tierney and Zain Tahir went about chasing a very modest total. Both were in good touch, before Tahir fell LBW to the Ashton professional. Tierney continued and showed great maturity and finished not out on 26 ensuring a nine wicket victory for the Moonrakers.
Middleton will host Littleborough in a mouth-watering first round tie at Towncroft on 29th May.
The scorecard can be viewed here
Michael Pritchard
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