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Monton and Weaste
Monday, 03 September 2012



A SUPERB all-round performance by Tom Hardman saw Middleton climb back into the top eight.

Hardman recorded figures of 34/7 and an unbeaten 39 to help his team to a crucial five points. Middleton skipper Ste Davey won the toss and put Monton in to bat on a damp track and his decision proved right as MIddleton picked up early wickets.

Zaffer Zaman was the first to strike with the score on 20 when he bowled Monton's Australian overseas amateur Cameron Murray for 15.

The total of 20/1 became 27/4 as Hardman took the next three wickets as he had Monton's professional and captain Paul Green (1) caught behind by Scott Stanworth and in his next over he picked up the wickets of Ben Chapman (0), again caught by Stanworth, and four ball later Chris Hindle was on his way back, superbly caught by Middleton professional Michael Smith at slip for one.

Josh Lenihan and Jake Sandham took the score up to 42 before the Hardman-Stanworth combination struck again to remove Lenihan for 14.

Two wickets fell with the score on 58 as Hardman firstly picked up his fifth wicket when he bowled Danny Collins (8) and the next over Dale Highton bowled Sandham for 9.

Hardman picked up two more wickets, that of Dominic Gavin (1) and Tom Coe for two, both bowled as Monton slumped to 63/9, but youngsters 15-year-old Ali Nawaz and 16-year-old Amir Riaz put together a fine stand of 43 to take Monton up to 106 before Nawaz was caught and bowled by Matt Foden for 22 with Riaz not out on 14.

Middleton were confident going in to tea even though they should have been chasing a lower total than 106.

The usual partnership of Stanworth and Davey opened the innings and struggled for the first four overs under some tight bowling from Gavin and Green, but in the fifth over just when it looked like they had broken the shackles Stanworth was adjudged caught behind by Hindle off Gavin for four, a decision he was not happy with.

Gavin struck again four runs later when he  had Smith lbw without troubling the scorers.

The score of 20/2 soon became 30/4 as Davey went to a superb catch by Murray off Green for 10 and George Walker was bowled by Gavin for eight. Hardman and Grant Jones took the score to 54 before Jones was caught and bowled by Green for 18.

Middleton were in trouble and the 107 for victory seemed a long way off but Hardman and Stuart Fitton saw them home with a fine partnership of 53 to pick up the five points that would take Middleton back into the top eight.

It was a fine knock by Hardman who kept it tight earlier on and even when he started to hit his stride found the Monton fielders on numerous occasions, but he kept his head and finished the game with three fours in five balls to finish unbeaten on 39 and Fitton helping Hardman home with a well grafted unbeaten 17.

Next week sees a double header with the firsts travelling to Ashton on Saturday and Oldham on Sunday with the Seconds at home for both games starting at 12.30pm.

Sunday, 02 September 2012




report from Towncroft

MIDDLETON are bang on course for a place in the new Premier League after a great win against Monton and Weaste.

Monton were 33 for four after 13 overs in this crucial Central Lancashire League game. 

Middleton continued to rip into the Monton batting and Tom Hardman had five wickets for 20 runs as the hosts were restricted to 58 runs for six off 20 overs.

The chances of moving into the top eight of the CLL table looked good after Middleton bowled Monton out for 106 and the industrious Hardman finished with superb bowling figures of 7 for 34.

It's was obviously not a batsman's track and Middleton were 20 for two early in their innings. Scott Stanworth (pictured above) and professional Michael Smith were the two back in the pavillion.

Middleton moved on to 36 for four with 16 overs left ,so it was very finely balanced - but victory was right back in Middleton's sights as they reached 92 for five, so just 15 more runs needed.

They managed it without further loss and now its onwards and upwards towards the new Premier League with three cups, including yesterday's Second Xi Burton Cup win, in tow too for the club.

Burton Cup final
Saturday, 01 September 2012




MIDDLETON Cricket Club's title of Cup Kings took on more significance this afternoon as the Second XI captured the Burton Cup beating Heywood by five wickets on their own patch.

Skipper Ricky Valentine (pictured left) led his men to victory as they added their own piece of silverware to the first team's double of Wood Cup and 20/20 Cup to make it a real season to remember.

They had Heywood at 75 for six with 13 overs left in the first innings at The Crimble.

The Heywood score moved on to 91 for the loss of one more wicket with eight overs remaining.

And they added just 16 more runs before Middleton mopped up the last three wickets to leave Heywood on 107 all out.

If anybody thought it was going to be easy then Heywood made them sit up and take notice as Middleton were reduced to 35 for three after the first ten overs and lost one more wicket with the addition of just 15 more runs after 19 overs.

After six more overs Middleton had added 14 more runs without further loss and it was very much game on at 64 for four needing 44 to win.

With 20 overs left Middleton were 78 for five and victory was back in their sights. They closed in on their target and needed just 10 runs off the last 16 overs with five wickets standing. Go on boys!

They managed it with two overs to spare and Danny Core finished on 43 not out.

It is going to be some party next Saturday at Towncroft!

Monday, 27 August 2012


Middleton v Milnrow

Middleton In A Desperate Race For Top Eight


MIDDLETON need to pick up the mantle if they want to finish in the top eight and secure a place in the Premier Division after a desperately poor batting performance at Towncroft against Milnrow yesterday.

Milnrow skipper Babar Naeem won the toss and put Middleton in to bat on a damp track after once again rain fell overnight and Middleton had moved reasonably comfortably to 56 for the loss of Scott Stanworth (4) caught behind by Ste Dryden off Aaron Brown before the wheels started to come off.

Captain Steve Davey (pictured above) was the next to go when he was caught by Nathan Sinkinson for 21 off Naeem, one of only two players to reach double figures.

Just three runs later they lost their third wicket when George Walker (1) was adjudged caught behind by Dryden to give Declan Wilkinson the first of his 5 wickets and the very next ball Tom Hardman was on his way back caught by Ali Muzaffer and MIddleton were in trouble at 59/4.

Grant Jones joined pro Michael Smith and the pair seemed to have weathered the storm when  disaster struck as Jones was run out for 10 with the score on 73.

Stuart Fitton helped his Pro to put on 19 before Naeem  got the wicket of Smith LBW for 41 and the last four wickets fell for just 14 runs as Middleton were bowled out for 106.

Richard Fitton (0) was caught by Naeem off Wilkinson and he also picked up Matt Foden (1) bowled.

Stuart Fitton (7)  was also bowled this time by Naeem and Dale Highton was the last wicket to fall as he was also bowled by Wilkinson for 7 with Zaffer Zaman finishing on 2 not out.

Wilkinson finished with figures of 15.4 1 41 5 and Naeem 21 9 34 3.

Middleton needed to get early wickets if they were going to get anything of this match and that is what got when with the score on 11 Highton had Mohammed Jehangir caught by Hardman for 9.

Zaffer Zaman then struck twice in two balls to remove Naeem easily caught by Walker and Sinkinson caught at slip by Davey both for 0 and Milnrow were 15/3.

Ste Dryden and Alex Bartley took the score to 36 before Highton struck again when he had Dryden LBW for 4 and Middleton were right back in the game.

Bartley and Mo Siddique put on 32 before Bartley became Hightons third wicket courtesy of a superb catch by Walker for 31 but that was to be that for Middleton as Siddique and Wilkinson won the game for Milnrow with a stand of 42 with Siddique finishing unbeaten on 38 and Wilkinson 24 not out to go with his earlier five wicket haul.

With just 5 games to go the Moonrakers need to re-group and get back to winning ways or they might find theselves playing in the bottom tier next season.

Next Saturday sees the 2nd Team playing in the Burton Cup Final at Heywood and on Sunday the 1st team are at home to Monton & Weaste in a must win game whilst the 2nds travel down the motorway to Welbeck Road. Both games start at 12.45pm.

Burton Cup
Monday, 27 August 2012


The Burton Cup final involving Middleton's second team has been postponed this afternoon again and will now be played on Saturday at Heywood's Crimble cricket ground.

Ouch! That Hurt But We'll Battle Back!
Monday, 27 August 2012

pavilion view.jpgBEATEN BUT NOT BOWED!

MIDDLETON lost out against Milnrow but still remain in with a chance of making the CLL's top eight, writes Steve Bott.

The Towncroft side were bowled out for 106 and the Ladybarn boys hit 110 for five.

It leaves Middleton ten points behind Clifton, five behind Monton but with only two points separating Middleton and Royton Steve Davey's men are still in there fighting.

Saturday's game at Unsworth was called off and the Seconds are in action in the Burton Cup final at Heywood weather permitting this afternoon starting at 1pm.

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