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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Middleton CC 1st Averages 2012
Including Lancashire Cup
Up to and including 29/07/2012
 INS       NO         RUNS               H/S                 AVE CA   ST
M Smith 18           4            891                  182no             63.64 8
T Hardman 16           4            474                  100                 39.50     2
S Stanworth 18           2            569                   96                  35.56 9       5
G Jones 14           3            194                   54                  17.63 7
G Walker 15           4            194                   35                  17.63 3
S Davey 18           2            269                   47                  16.81 9
M Lee   6           1              69                   33                  13.80 3
C Smith   3           0              27                   22                    9.00 3
A Copeland   1           0                9                     9                    9.00
D Highton   7           1              49                   17                    8.16 1
R Jones 11           2              65                   17                    8.12 5
R Fitton   4           0              31                   14                    7.75 3
D Core 10           3              48                   18                    6.85 12
M Buckley   4           1              17                   15                    4.25 3
Z Zaman   6           4               5                     4                     2.50
Overs         Maidens       Runs       Wickets             Ave
G Walker   18.4               1                93              7               13.28
D Core 110                  9              459            26               17.65  
D Highton 221                28              768            41               18.73
T Hardman 128.5             12              518            27               19.18                 
Z Zaman 158                31              551            25               22.04                 
R Fitton   13                  0                45              2               22.50
M Buckley   17                  0                84              0                 
Monday, 30 July 2012

Milnrow v Middleton Sunday July 29 2012

Milnrow Rain On Twenty Plenty Champs Parade


TWENTY twenty specialists Middleton were beaten in a game reduced to 30 overs.

The game started at 3.30 and with nine overs to go Middleton seemed to be in a good position to win. They needed 65 off nine overs with seven wickets left but Milnrow professional Baber Naeem had Michael Smith lbw for 25 just when the big South African pro was getting into his stride.

Middleton lost six more wickets for just 44 runs to end the game 20 runs short.

Naeem, Milnrow's captain, having won the toss, elected to bat, but it was Middleton who got off to the better start when Zaffer Zaman bowled Nathan Sinkinson for two with the score on four.

Naeem joined Alex Bartley at the crease  and together they put on the top stand of the match - 75 - with Bartley happy to support his pro as Naeem played some lovely shots around the ground before falling  to the  first ball of Dale Highton's spell well caught by Hardman for 48 off 40 balls. Highton hit nine fours.

Mohamed Jehangir (11) was the next to fall with the score on 100. This time Hardman took a catch off Danny Core.

Core struck again 18 runs later when he bowled Steve Dryden for nine. Bartley fell with the score on 135 stumped by Scott Stanworth to give Core his third wicket for what was a valuable knock of  52 off 87 balls.

Milnrow went from 135 for five to finish on 145 for nine as Middleton came back well with Highton taking two wickets in as many balls. Milnrows' overseas amateur Ali Muzaffar was caught by Core for 10 and then he bowled  Dean Lord with his next ball.

Core was also involved in the last two wickets to fall in the last over. Adam Yates was caught by Grant Jones  and Declan Wilkinson run out. John Lowe was not out on one and Aaron Brown did not face a ball.  Core finished with figures of 46 for four and Highton's were 39 for three. 

Middleton got off to a decent start with Stanworth and George Walker opening the innings and putting on a stand of 46 before Walker fell caught and bowled by Naeem  for 21.

Just three runs later Stanworth followed him, caught by Sinkinson off Muzaffar for 22. Muzaffer picked up his second wicket when he bowled Hardman for one with the score on 65.

Smith's wicket was the one Milnrow wanted and after he went they turned the screw. Aided by the run outs of Grant Jones (5) and Core (2), Reece Jones was stumped by Dryden in between off Wilkinson for eight.

Richard Fitton fell bowled first ball by Naeem and Highton (2) was well caught and bowled to give Naeem his fourth wicket. Naeem finished with figures of 15 3 37 4 as Middleton ended on a disappointing 125 for nine with Davey unbeaten on 21 and Zaman 0 not out.

Next week the first team travel across the border to Yorkshire to play the League Leaders Walsden with the Second XI at Towncroft. On Sunday the Firsts are home to Rochdale in the re-arranged Wood Cup semi-final and the Second XI travel to Littleborough to play in the Burton Cup semi -final.

It's a big day for the club which hopefully will see both teams through to their respective cup finals.


A Bartley st Stanworth b Core 52

N Sinkinson b Zaman 2

B Naeem ct Hardman b Highton 48

M Jehangir ct Hardman b Core 11

S Dryden b Core 9

A Muzaffar ct Core b Highton 10

D Lord b Highton 0

J Lowe not out 1

A Yates ct G Jones b Core 2

D Wilkinson run out 0

A Brown not out 0

Extras 10

Total 145 for 9


T Hardman 8 1 36 0

Z Zaman 3 0 22 1

D Core 12 0 46 4

D Highton 7 0 39 3


S Stanworth ct Sinkinson b Muzaffar 22

G Walker ct & b Naeem 21

M Smith lbw Naeem 25

T Hardman b Muzaffar 1

G Jones run out 5

S Davey not out 21

R Jones st  Dryden b Wilkinson 8

D Core run out 2

R Fitton b Naeem 0

D Highton ct & b Highton 2

Z Zaman not out 0

Extras 18

Total 125 for 9


B Naeem 15 3 37 4

A Brown 2 0 18 0

D Lord 3 0 18 0

A Muzaffar 6 1 23 2

D Wilkinson 4 0 20 1

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Middleton v Royton Saturday July 28 2012

Super Smith Rains Supreme

MIDDLETON professional Michael Smith's majestic knock of 182 not out saw the team through to  a four-point haul from another rain-affected game, writes ROD HIGHTON.

Middleton won the toss and elected to bat on a beautiful strip at Towncroft but Scott Stanworth and Sskipper Steve Davey didn’t have it all their own way due to some tight opening bowling from Matthew Hodson and Matthew Smith.

In the fifth over with the score on seven Davey was on his way bowled by Hodson for two.The score had reached 34 when Stanworth was given out lbw again to Hodson for nine.

What was to come next was hardly believable as Smith and Tom Hardman put to together a magnificent stand of 184 in a shade over 30 overs to put Middleton in a commanding position.

Hardman played second fiddle to his professional with a knock of 63, including two fours before he went caught and bowled by Royton pro Mohamed Zaman Khan with the score on 218.

George Walker helped Smith put on a stand of 73 in the last five overs with Walker finishing unbeaten on 19 off just 10 balls, but it was that man Smith who did the most damage. His first 50 came off 63 balls and his hundred off just 106 balls and his last 82 came off only 40 balls as he flayed Royton to all parts of the ground.

Matthew Hodson, after an earlier spell of 10 2 37 2, finished with figures of 13 2 86 2 as Smith stepped up the pace, hitting Hodsons' last over for 28 including four sixes

Smith's unbeaten knock came off just 146 balls with 19 fours and six sixes in what was a superb knock for his team and Middleton finished on 291 for three.

Liam Mason and Chris McDonnell opened for Royton and with the score on 15 McDonnell was bowled by Zaffer Zaman for 5.

Mason and professional Khan then produced a stand of 112 off 133 balls before the rain came to totally wipe out any chance of more play, so Middleton won with Royton well behind the run rate. League rules stipulate they needed to be on 192 after 28 overs to win the game.

Mason finished on 65 not out and Khan 49 not out after surviving a caught behind appeal off Hardman to the astonishment of the Middleton players.


S Stanworth lbw Hodson 9

S Davey b Hodson 2

M Smith not out 182

T Hardman ct & b Khan 63

G Walker not out  19

Extras 16 Total 291-3


M Hodson 13 2 86 2

M Smith 7 1 26 0

L Brown 11 0 60 0

M Khan 15 1 76 1

A Durose 4 0 38 0


L Mason not out 65

C McDonnell b Zaman 5

M Khan not out 49

Extras 8 Total 127-1


T Hardman 9 2 32 0

Z Zaman 8 1 29 1

D Highton 6 0 32 0

R Fitton 2 0 11 0

D Core 3 0 20 0

Twenty Plenty!
Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Time For A 20/20 Hat-Trick!

MIDDLETON retained the 20/20 Cup in some style at Harehills on Sunday, writes ROD HIGHTON.

After watching the first semi-final between Littleborough and Heywood which was won by the hosts by seven runs, Middleton played Werneth in the second semi-final, a team they had beaten the previous day in the League.

Werneth won the toss and chose to bat and Middleton struck with the score on four when Richard Fitton cleaned bowled Werneth' professional Hassan Abbas for a duck.

The score was 16 when George Walker had Werneth captain Matthew Taylor (2) caught by Fitton and just three runs later Fitton picked up the wicket of John Slater, caught by Middleton professional Michael Smith for 12.

Dale Highton then picked up two wickets in his first over. The first was Werneth's overseas amateur Kyle Roberts (7) caught by Cameron Smith and three balls later Joe Taylor was on his way lbw for one.

Werneth were struggling on 25 for five and just as the previous day their middle to late order had to attempt to pull it round.

Mark Dronsfield and Mehmood Ul Hassan put together a stand of 39 with a mixture of good shots and running and a dose of help from slack fielding and dropped catches by the Moonrakers.

This was the only thing  they let themselves down in all day and Fitton soon restored spirits when he came back to bowl Dronsfield for a top score of 22.

Highton returned for his final over and picked up the wickets of Ul Hassan, who was stumped by Scott Stanworth for 19, and Michael Wilson caught and bowled for zero.

Werneth finished on 96 for eight off their 20 overs. Rob Shaw (15) and Andy Walker (10) were both unbeaten.

Fitton had bowling figures of 4 1 10 3 and Highton 4 1 9 4.

Smith and captain Ste Davey opened for Middleton and took the score to 19 in the fifth over when Davey was caught by Roberts off Wilson for eight.

Stanworth joined Smith and put on a stand of 21 in three overs before Smith (22) played on to Ul Hassan. Stanworth and Tom Hardman calmed any nerves with a superb stand of 60 in nine overs to see Middleton through with four overs to spare. Stanworth finished unbeaten on 25 and Hardman unbeaten on 26 as Middleton moved on to the final.


HOME skipper and pro Clinton Perren and overseas amateur Worrin Williams opened the batting after Perren had won the toss and the two Australians put together a stand of 96 in 14 and half overs before Perren was bowled by George Walker for 56 off only 53 balls.

He hit seven fours and one six then Williams followed eight runs later for 34 to a stunning caught and bowled by Hardman.

Littleborough lost more wickets in the pursuit to up the run rate. Two wickets fell on 118, the first was Tom Pye stumped by Stanworth off Danny Core for 14 and the second was Gary Hulme caught by Reece Jones off Dale Highton for three.

Core picked up a second wicket  when his combination with Stanworth worked again as Callum Rushton was stumped for two. Littleborough finished on 128 for five with Joe Barnes  five not out and Adam Rose two not out.

Middleton opened with Smith and Davey and got off to a flyer with a mixture of good shots and good running.

They reached 36 when Davey got in a tangle and was stumped by Jamie Roche of Perren for 13.

Stanworth joined Smith and their superb stand of 70 all but won the game as both players played some delightful shots all round the ground.

With the score on 106 Stanworth was bowled by Williams for a fine 33 to give Littlebrough a glimmer of hope.

But it was not to be as Hardman helped his pro to a winning  total of 132-2 with three balls left and Hardman finished on eight not out and Smith had a brilliant 70 not out off 56 balls, including ten fours  to deservedly win the Man Of The Match award as Middleton retained their title in some style.

The celebrating went on in to the night and great credit must be given to Littlebrough for hosting the day in smashing style. A good day was had by all.


Semi Final


J Slater ct Smith b R Fitton 12

H Abbas b R Fitton 0

M Taylor ct R Fitton b Walker 2

K Roberts ct R Jones b Highton 7

J Taylor lbw Highton 1

M Dronsfield b R Fitton 22

M Ul Hassan st Stanworth b Highton 19

R Shaw not out 15

M Wilson ct & b Highton 0

A Walker not out 10

Extras 8 Total 96 for 8


T Hardman 4 0 27 0

R Fitton 4 1 10 3

G Walker 4 0 22 1

D Highton 4 1 9 4

D Core 4 0 27 0


M Smith b Ul Hassan 22

S Davey ct Roberts b Wilson 8

S Stanworth not out 25

T Hardman not out 26

Extras 19 Total 100 for two


M Taylor 4 0 23 0

J Taylor 3 0 14 0

M Wilson 1 0 10 1

M Ul Hassan 2 0 13 1

A Walker 2 0 9 0

H Abbas 1 0 6 0

J Burston 3 0 21 0


 Littleborough v Middleton


W Willaims ct & b Hardman 34

C Perren b Walker 56

T Pye st Stanworth b Core 14

G Hulme ct R Jones b HIghton 3

J Barnes not out 5

C Rushton st Stanworth b Core 2

A Rose not out 2

Extras 12 Total 128 for five


T Hardman 4 0 20 1

R Fitton  4 0 15 0

G Walker 4 0 37 1

D Highton 4 0 18 1

D Core 4 0 31 2


M Smith not out 70

S Davey st Roche b Perren 13

S Stanworth b Williams 33

T Hardman not out 8

Extras 8 Total 132 for two


W Williams 4 0 21 1

C Rushton 4 0 29 0

C Perren 4 0 15 1

P Jones 3 0 21 0

P Deakin 3.3 0 24 0

J Baines 1 0 16 0

Winners Again!
Monday, 23 July 2012

Smith Slogs Plenty To Keep 20/20! 

CONGRATULATIONS to the Middleton first team squad after successfully defending their 20/20 crown at Littleborough yesterday, writes STEVE BOTT.

Professional Michael Smith hit a glorious 70 in the final to secure the cup again after Middleton had seen off Werneth in the semi-final and then Littleborough in the final.

It's a great achievement and sets them up nicely for another defence - that of the Wood Cup which the Towncroft boys also scooped last year!

Full scoreboards on here soon.


Monday, 23 July 2012

Weneth v Middleton League Match

Hardman's Five Sees Middleton To Victory

MIDDLETON won at the Coppice on Saturday - but not before surviving a scare, writes ROD HIGHTON.

Tom Hardman picked up his first five-wicket haul for the Moonrakers as he finished with figures of 32-5.

Werneth captain Matthew Taylor won the toss and elected to bat. Taylor and John Slater opened the batting and had taken the score to 12 when Hardman struck by having Slater well caught by Reece Jones for five.

Seven runs later Hardman claimed his second wicket when he had Werneth professional Hassan Abbas (3) caught by Richard Fitton and without addition to the score Zaffer Zaman had Taylor caught by Steve Davey at slip for 10.

South African overseas amateur  Kyle Roberts and Joe Taylor took the score to 31 before Middleton picked up three more wickets. The first to go was Taylor (2) caught behind by Stanworth and then Mohammed Ul Hassan lbw for 0, both falling to Hardman. Roberts was caught by Danny Core for eight off the bowling of Zaman.

Robert Shaw  became Hardman's fifth victim when he was caught at slip by Davey and leaving Werneth on 42-7.

The tail battled to get their team up to a decent score but they finished all out for 79, with Dale Highton trapping Michael Wilson lbw for two, Richard Fitton having Mark Dronsfield caught and bowled for a top score of 16 and finally Danny Core wrapping the innings up by having Joe Burston caught by George Walker for eight leaving Andy Walker unbeaten on 12.

Middleton strolled to 24 in the sixth over when Joe Taylor bowled Davey for four.

Middleton professional Michael Smith joined Stanworth and without much difficulty took the score along to 56 before Joe Taylor picked up his second wicket, having Stanworth easily caught in the gully by Dronsfield for 24.

The total of 56 for two soon became 57-4 as first Smith went caught behind by Shaw off Matt Taylor for 18 and then Walker (0) fell again caught Shaw bowled Taylor.

When the two combined again to get rid of Cameron Smith (4) Middleton were in trouble at 64-5. This should have become 64-6 as Recee Jones was put down off the very first ball he faced.

That was to be the end for Werneth as Jones and that man Hardman saw Middleton home with Jones unbeaten on 10 and Hardman four not out.

Next Saturday sees the first team at home to Royton. The Second XI travel to the Paddock. On Sunday the Seconds are home to MIlnrow with the Firsts travelling. to Ladybarn. All games start at 1.30.


J Slater ct Jones b Hardman 5

M Taylor ct Davey b Zaman 10

H Abbas ct Fitton b Hardman 3

K Roberts ct Core b Zaman 8

J Taylor ct Stanworth b Hardman 2

M Ul Hassan lbw Hardman 0

M Dronsfield ct & b Fitton 16

R Shaw ct Davey b Hardman 10

M Wilson lbw Highton 2

A Walker not out 12

J Burston ct Walker b Core 8

Extras 3 Total 79 all out


T Hardman 11 2 32 5

Z Zaman 10 4 19 2

D Highton 8 2 9 1

R Fitton 4 3 4 1

D Core 4 1 13 1


S Stanworth ct Dronsfield b J Taylor 24

S Davey b J Taylor 4

M Smith ct Shaw b M Taylor 18

T Hardman not out 4

G Walker ct Shaw b M Taylor 0

C Smith ct Shaw b M Taylor 4

R Jones not out 10

Extras  16 Total 80 for 5


M Taylor 11.2 1 39 3

J Taylor 11 2 35 2



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