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Monday, 10 July 2017

The great work being done at Middleton Cricket Club in promoting the youth got further recognition in the week. Three players were chosen to represent Lancashire Under 17’s East in a round robin tournament that was played in three of the most prestigious grounds in the County. The three players concerned were James Tierney, Addison Holland and Leighton Le Carpentier  their contributions ensured a win for the Lancashire Under 17’s. James Tierney like the other two is 16 years old and already featuring for the first team and is a powerful all rounder. A fast bowler and big hitter.

Leighton Le Carpentier is an opening batsman, already scored a century for the second team and a very agile wicket keeper. Finally Addison Holland is a lively and quick left arm bowler who once he gets into the groove can take teams apart as he proved on Sunday taking six wickets for the second team. All three of them are on the periphery of the first team should the need arise, although on Saturday the first team were back on track with a comprehensive victory.

Micklehurst were the visitors to Towncroft as George Walkers men looked to retain their winning league run. At the halfway stage of the season Middleton are 10 points clear of nearest rivals Royton followed by Moorside who are 13 points behind. On a glorious sunny day Micklehurst skipper Michael Blomeley won the toss and elected to have a bat and strode out to the crease alongside Overseas Professional Akil Greenidge. Akil is currently studying at Cambridge University and makes the commute every weekend. Following in the footsteps of his West Indies international father, he has made some valuable runs for Micklehurst this year. With Lewis Daniel on holiday Micklehurst would rely on these two plus Rob Parsons and Stuart Chameley to get the runs.

Micklehurst made a slow but solid start against some tight bowling from Professional Chris Williams and Mike Pritchard. With the score on 17, Pritchard got the breakthrough with a ball that moved away from the bat and got a slight edge. It kept low to the ground where Grant Jones took a fine catch. Batsman Blomeley could not believe the speed at which the catch had been taken and stood his ground for some time, before trudging back to the pavilion. Rob Parsons didn't last too long and with the score on 32 he holed out to Harry Gee off the bowling of Williams, which was the first of three catches on what was to be a good afternoon for Gee.

Last years Micklehurst skipper Stu Chameley came out to join Greenidge knowing he had to stick around and build a partnership with his colleague. Akil Greenidge was playing soundly with good defensive work and a couple of neat fours , a style that had brought him to the attention of the young MCC selectors. However Middleton were keeping it tight especially paceman Mike Pritchard who delivered several maidens who was looking to take his wicket haul for the season to the 40 mark. Eventually he forced the talented Greenidge to play on, with the ball hitting the wickets. With the score on 44-3, skipper Walker introduced Tom Rutter and spinner Steve Mcguiness to the attack and it wasn't long before young Rutter made his usual impact. He had White caught and bowled and Gee took his second catch to remove Pearson leaving the Mick on 71 for 6.

It was now left to ex skipper Stu Chameley to hang around and attempt to get the score into three figures. This he did with some lusty hitting as he hit four fours and the same number of sixes.  One particular six hit a parked ice cream van that had just entered the ground to serve the supporters their cool refreshments. With the score on 97 the six just missed the spectators who were queuing for their 99’s, and the score went into treble figures. Long serving member Chameley was batting well and it was no doubt a welcome relief from the various meetings he and the Micklehurst members were this week undertaking to determine the clubs future. With the Pennine League sadly close to coming to an end , it was looking likely that Micklehurst would be joining other clubs in joining the Greater Manchester Cricket League.

With the score on 114 and Chameley well set on 53 with wickets in the shed, he attempted yet another six which spiralled skywards. Rather than arch to the boundary it simply went on a vertical path upwards above the square. As several players closed in to take the catch,  bowler Chris Williams gave the shout and his safe hands took the catch. At 114-7, skipper Walker introduced spinners Foden and Jones together with seamer Tierney in an attempt to close out the game. However it was Professional Williams who cleaned up the tail end by claiming the last theee wickets to give him a five for 41, leaving Micklehurst 131 all out. Special mention to Mike Pritchard who off 10 overs took 2 wickets for 21 runs.

It was never going to be enough a total to defend for Micklehurst especially with Lewis Daniel missing from the bowling attack. So it proved , with Chris Williams and Harry Gee helping themselves to a faultless opening partnership of over a hundred. Finding the boundaries on twenty occasions the Professional and Gee were certainly not doing their averages any harm. The Micklehurst Captain Blomeley even turned his arm to no avail,  as the Moonrakers closed in on the total with only half the overs used up. Chris Williams hit a glorious six before he was eventually caught off the bowling of Blomeley for 66 and up to that point he had never looked in any trouble whatsoever. This gave Midd skipper George Walker the chance to claim a quick 16 runs for himself. Meanwhile at the other end, Harry Gee was cruising to a cultured 55 not out, including nine fours, to add to his three catches. This was Harry’s best knock since his performance at Shaw away,  as he led the team to victory with 25 overs to spare.

Middleton remain undefeated in the league with all the teams played apart from Milnrow who they play next. So the final season in the Pennine League could have a happy ending before they make the transition to the Lancashire League next year. Although a word of warning, the Lancashire Cricket Knock Out Cup , covering the whole region, has now reached the quarter final stage with 8 teams remaining. Of those eight, five are members of the said Lancashire League thus showing the level of quality that Middleton can expect to meet next year. 

 

 
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