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Middleton Retain Cup In Style
Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Middleton v Norden Wood Cup Final Sunday/Monday August 12-13 2012

Middleton Retain Cup In Style

By ROD HIGHTON

MIDDLETON retained the Wood Cup in style at Towncroft against Norden with a brilliant all round team performance.

Unable to finish the game on Sunday once again due to the unseasonal weather that has occurred so many times this season the teams had to come back on Monday night to finish the game.

On the Sunday Middleton won the toss and elected to bat and Scott Stanworth and Skipper Steve Davey had taken the score to 23 when the first rain break occurred and the players were off for 75 minutes.

On resumption the pair took the score to 47 before Stanworth was caught by Chris Humphreys off Harvey Fitton.

Professional Michael Smith joined Davey and together they put on a stand of 57 to the score up to 104 when Ollie Makin had Davey caught at slip by Humphreys for a fine 44 with 23 overs left.

Tom Hardman joined his Pro and as so often this season the pair ( Chas and Dave) batted sensibly pushing the ball around and hitting the bad balls to put Middleton in a good position and they compiled a stand of 87 before Hardman was run out by Norden captain Dexter Fitton for 53 off 70 balls and Middleton were 191-3 with five overs remaining.

Middleton hit 64 off them with both Smith and Grant Jones taking the bowling to task to take them up to an highly commendable 255- with 3 with Smith unbeaten on 83 off 94 balls including four fours and two sixes.

Jones had a superb unbeaten knock of 33 off just 18 balls with three fours and two sixes.

Could Norden do it with their talented batting order? Professional Michael Price and Dexter Fitton opened the batting and they got off to a good start with Price the main aggressor.

After another 15 minutes break for rain and  with the score on 31 Middleton struck a massive blow when Richard Fitton had Price superbly caught by Smith on the boundary  for 18.

With the light drawing in Middleton struck again when Dale Highton had Nick Brierley lbw for 11 with the score on 70 and only one more ball was bowled before the rain came back and the umpires once again took the players off the field and play was abandoned for the day at 7.45pm.

Dexter Fitton and his son Harvey were at the wicket with the senior of the two being on 35.

Play resumed at 6.20 on Monday night and Middleton were hoping for early wickets and that is just what they got as Highton claimed the prize scalp of Dexter Fitton with his first ball of the night as he bowled him for 40.

The score of 75/3 soon became 82/5 as Highton then picked up the wickets of Harvey Fitton bowled for one and Greg Tattersall also for one caught by Grant Jones and Norden were in a spot of bother.

Norden then took the score to 107 before Hardman was brought back into the attack and he had Norden's overseas amateur Ste Pimm caught and bowled for 16 and just 6 runs later 18-year-old  Matt Foden picked up the wicket of Humphreys caught by Highton for 15.

It was was always going to be a struggle for Norden now and Highton returned to pick up his fifth wicket when he bowled Hasun Malik for 13. George Walker then cleaned up the tail with the wickets of Makin caught by Smith for an enterprising 19 off 13 balls and Ste Wild first ball as Norden were all out for 164 and Middleton had won by 91 runs to retain the Wood Cup.

A top team effort after the disappointment of Saturday's league defeat by Clifton.

Dale Highton deservedly picked up MOM adjudicator Nigel Tench's award for superb figures of 9 3 17 5.

Saturday sees the first team at home to Radcliffe with the Seconds travelling to the Racecourse ground and on Sunday the Second XI are at home to Littleborough and the Firsts travel to HareHill. All games start at 1.15pm.

 
Wood Cup Final
Sunday, 12 August 2012

CUP KINGS CROWNED AGAIN!

By STEVE BOTT and ROD HIGHTON

MAN of the match Dale Highton and professional Michael Smith led Middleton to more cup glory as they successfully defended the Wood Cup in the 2012 final against Norden.

Highton took five wickets for 17 runs as Norden were dismissed for 164 and Smith smashed a superb unbeaten 83 as Middleton amassed a big score of 255. It was a total that proved far too much for Norden as they fell 91 runs short.

The win made it a double double defence after the Towncroft side's earlier retention of the 20/20 Cup.

Batting first, Middleton skipper Steve Davey helped lay the foundations with 44 runs before a scintillating late scoring burst put them firmly in the driving seat.

Smith was superbly assisted by Tom Hardman with 53 runs and Grant Jones, who hit 33.

The opening pair of Davey and Scott Stanworth took the hosts to a score of 23 for 0 after eight overs before rain interrupted play.

When the action resumed Middleton progressed to 49 for one after 13 overs with the loss of Stanworth who had scored 22 runs.

They moved on to 73 after 20 overs and after another five had added 23 more runs without further loss.

Davey fell just six short of his half century and after the score had moved on to 135 for two after 35 overs, Smith on 41 and Tom Hardman on 11, that phenomenal late scoring burst saw Middleton post their impressive total of 255 for three.

Hardman did his already impressive competition figures no harm at all as he hit his 53 before being run out and Smith charged on after posting 1,000 for the season last week by ending on 83 not out with Grant Jones 33 not out.

Middleton made an early breakthrough when they claimed the wicket of Norden professional Price after he had scored just 18. It left Norden on 35 for one off 10 overs.

Norden lost another of their star batsmen when Nick Brierley went lbw to Highton with the score on 70-2. Bad light then stopped play after 16 overs of the Norden innings.

Play resumed this evening (Monday) and Highton gave the holders a double boost with the wickets of Dexter and Harvey Fitton, both bowled.

That left Norden on 79 for four. They moved on to 107 for six with 18 overs left. But Middleton mopped up the last four wickets with Norden managing just 57 more runs.

There's still time to join the party at the Towncroft bar (it's just 8.53pm as I write). Mine's a large pint and a frisky chaser!

MIDDLETON

S Stanworth ct Humphreys b H Fitton 22

S Davey ct Humphreys b Makin 44

M Smith Not Out 83

T Hardman Run Out 53

G Jones Not Out 33

Extras 20

Total 255-3

Bowling

Price 10 0 56 0

H Malik 3 0 26 0

H Fitton 5 1 20 1

C Humphreys 8 0 44 0

O Makin 10 0 37 1

S Wild 6 1 25 0

D Fitton 5 0 37 0

NORDEN

M Price ct Smith b R Fitton 18

D Fitton b Highton 40

N Brierley LBW Highton 11

H Fitton b Highton 1

G Tattersall ct G Jones b Highton 1

C Humphreys ct Highton b Foden 15

S Pimm ct & b Hardman 16

M Buckley not out 15

H Malik b Highton 13

O Makin ct Smith b Walker 19

S Wild b Walker 0

Extras 15

Total 164

Bowling

Z Zaman 10 1 43 0

T Hardman 8 1 20 1

R Fitton 6 0 38 1

D Highton 9 3 17 5

M Foden 6 1 13 1

G Walker 3.5 0 28 2

 
Clifton
Sunday, 12 August 2012

Middleton v Clifton Saturday August 11 2012

Perera Has No Truck With Middleton As Foden Shines

By ROD HIGHTON and STEVE BOTT

MIDDLETON'S hopes of a top eight finish were dealt a blow on Saturday at Towncroft when they were soundly beaten by Clifton.

But it looks like they have unearthed another star in left arm spinner Matt Foden who finished with impressive figures of 13-2-42-4. 

Clifton captain Liam Dorsey won the toss on what looked a belter of a wicket. Overseas amateur Malinda Athahda and Dean Morris opened the batting and had taken the score to 21 when Athahda was caught by Grant Jones off Dale Highton for 13.

Morris and Adam Holt put on a stand of 65 even though both were dropped before Morris was caught in the deep by Tom Hardman off 18-year-old Matt Foden, bowling for the first time in the first team. Foden struck again five balls later when he had Chris Thorpe lbw for 0.

Clifton's score of  86-3 soon became 90-4 when Foden picked up his third wicket when he caught and bowled Holt for 35. Greg Jennings (3) was the next to go with the score on 99 when Highton had him caught behind by Scott Stanworth.

The score had reached 110 when Foden enticed Clifton's professional Madura Perera down the track and Stanworth whipped the bails off.

Highton picked up his third wicket when he had James Ainscough (11) caught by Jones with the score on 122. Dorsey and Dave Barton saw Clifton through to a score of 153-7, a score that seemed well short of a decent total.

Middleton's usual opening partnership of Stanworth and skipper Steve Davey opened the batting but with the score on 16 Davey (2) fell caught behind by Mike Hay off Perera and five runs later Stanworth was back in the shed when he mis-timed a short ball off Perera and was caught by Holt for 10.

George Walker joined his professional Michael Smith at the crease and they took the score to 38 before Walker was bowled by Jennings for nine.

Tom Hardman helped Smith to put on Middleton's biggest stand of the match before he danced down the track and was easily stumped by Hay off Morris for nine.

Perera  picked up the prize wicket of Smith when he had him caught by Holt for 21 with the score on 83.

The score of 83 for five became 96 all out after a spectacular collapse, with only Stuart Fitton producing anything of value crashing Perera through extra cover for a couple of fours.

Fitton was out to Holt's third catch of the match off Morris for 17, Grant Jones (4) was bowled by Perera,  Richard Fitton caught at the second attempt by Hay and Zaffer Zaman bowled, both by Perera to give the Sri Lankan figures of 13 4 49 6.

Foden was the last man out run out for 0 as Middleton collapsed to a dismal score.

CLIFTON

M Athahda ct G Jones b Highton 13

D Morris ct Hardman b Foden 37

A Holt ct & b Foden 35

C Thorpe lbw Foden 0

M Perera st Stanworth b Foden 12

G Jennings ct Stanworth b Highton 3

J Ainscough ct G Jones b Highton 11

L Dorsey not out 22

D Baron not out 9

Extras 11

Total 153-7

Bowling

Hardman 5 2 11 0

Z Zaman 9 2 22 0

D Highton 20 3 63 3

R Fitton 3 0 14 0

M Foden 13 2 42 4

MIDDLETON

S Stanworth ct Holt b Perera 10

S Davey ct Hay b Perera 2

M Smith ct Holt b Perera 21

G Walker b Jennings 8

T Hardman st Hay b Morris 9

S Fitton ct Holt b Morris 17

G Jones b Perera 4

D Highton not out 1

R Fitton ct Hay b Perera 0

Z Zaman b Perera 0

M Foden run out 0

Extras 24

Total 96 all out

Bowling

M Perera 13 4 49 6

G Jennings 7 1 28 1

D Morris 6.5 2 10 2

 

- The Second Eleven continued their good recent form with an easy victory against their Clifton counterparts. Clifton batted first and we bowled out for 90, Mark Buckley being the cheif destroyer with 5-25 off 15 overs. Middleton chased the total with the loss of 4 wickets, Rob Bennett finishing on 41 not out 

 
Wood Cup Final
Friday, 10 August 2012

GO TO IT AT THE DOUBLE!

By STEVE BOTT

IS  it possible to better a season of achievement like last year's?

The double victories in the Wood Cup and 20/20 competition saw Middleton's first team celebrate their most succesful campaign for more than 70 years.

The 20/20 Cup is already in the bag again this time around and Middleton captain Ste Davey thinks it is definitely possible to defend the Wood Cup as well - and that in his book would be even better than last term's effort as it would be a double double - winning the two cups in successive season.

"It would be fantastic and slightly better than last season's superb achievement" said Davey.

Norden, the reigning Central Lancashire League champions, are the opposition at Towncroft on Sunday and with two victories at their place under their belts already this season and just one loss at home to them Davey thinks his Middleton men are in the driving seat.

"They have some good players such as Nick Brierley their wicketkeeper-batsman and off spinner Oliver Makin as well as the pro of course," Davey added.

"They have good batting strength and their bowlers are quite good to - but then we have some good players too."

There is one name missing from the regular Middleton side. All-rounder Danny Core will not play at all this weekend because of work commitments in his new job.

"He's gutted," said the skipper. "But in this day and age work has to come first - especially in a new job."

Young left arm spinner Matt Foden steps in for Core and Davey says: "Matt has earned his chance and I think he can do a job for us."

Before the final Middleton have another very important game against Clifton at Towncroft tomorrow. They desperately need to win and do well in their remaining league games to ensure a top eight position with the big split into two divisions coming into play next season.

"We are ninth at the moment after a few poor results but we are capabe of doing it. There is a lot to do because its not just about climbing back into the top eight - we have to aim as high as we can and not get dragged back into it," the skipper said.

Everyone associated with the club will be hoping Davey and his men can do just that and complete that dynamic double again on Sunday.

Good luck boys!

TEAM for the home game against Clifton tomorrow is: Davey, Stanworth, Hardman, G Jones, Walker, S Fitton, Highton, R Fitton, M Foden, Zamam, M Smith (pro).

For the Wood Cup final R Jones is added to the squad.

 
TEAM
Friday, 10 August 2012

DAVEY'S EARLY MORNING TEAM BUILDING EXERCISE

By STEVE BOTT

Who was also awake at 6.48am when Ste sent his team news in!

MIDDLETON skipper Ste Davey has just announced his teams for the weekend games against Clifton in the league at Towncroft on Saturday and in the Wood Cup final at the same venue on Sunday.

TEAM for the home game against Clifton tomorrow is: Davey, Stanworth, Hardman, G Jones, Walker, S Fitton, Highton, R Fitton, M Foden, Zamam, M Smith (pro).

For the Wood Cup final R Jones is added to the squad.

 
Olivia
Friday, 10 August 2012

OUR MAIDEN BOWLS EM OVER!

MIDDLETON'S teenage sensation Olivia McCusker took one wicket, caught and bowled, off her five overs as she helped Lancashire Ladies beat Holland at Monton and Weaste on Wednesday, writes Steve Bott.

It was a momentous day for 16-year-old Olivia as it marked a rapid rise in her career after playing three games for the Lancashire Under 17s girls side.

Left-arm spinner Olivia, who lives in Chadderton and has been at Middleton for three years, was Middleton's only girl player when she joined the club. She won the junior side's fielding prize in her first season ahead of all the boys.

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