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Middleton V Ashton 16/09/12
Monday, 17 September 2012

Report by R. Highton 

Rain Wins The Day On The Final Game Of The Season

Rain was the winner on Sunday at Towncroft as the game was eventually abandoned at 5 o clock with Middleton on 28/2 in reply to Ashtons 113 all out.

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Middleton v Crompton 15/09/12
Monday, 17 September 2012

Report by Rod Highton

Middleton Pick Up Another Five Points
Middleton picked up 5 points by beating Crompton by 82 runs at Towncroft on Saturday.

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League table
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
First Eleven League Table
up to and including 9 September 2012
  P OW LW D T L LP Pts Agg
 
Walsden 28 17 3 6 0 2 2 111 192
Heywood 28 17 1 6 0 4 2 103 192
Milnrow 28 14 2 5 1 6 0 91 144
Norden 28 14 1 5 0 8 4 88 173
Rochdale 28 11 2 9 0 6 2 83 163
Clifton 28 11 2 8 0 7 0 79 152
Middleton 28 9 4 6 0 9 1 74 151
Littleborough 28 7 2 10 1 8 1 67 134
Royton 28 8 2 8 0 10 2 66 134
Monton & Weaste 28 9 1 6 0 12 3 64 91
Crompton 28 7 1 7 0 13 2 55 105
Unsworth 28 5 0 9 0 14 6 49 108
Werneth 28 4 0 8 0 16 4 40 103
Radcliffe *+ 28 5 1 8 0 14 2 37 96
Ashton 28 2 0 9 0 17 2 30 60
Oldham 28 2 1 6 0 19 3 29 78
 
* Match(es) have been forfeited.
+ 10 points deducted due to breach of rule.
 
Oldham v Middleton
Monday, 10 September 2012

davey2.jpgANOTHER FIVE POINTER TO THE PREMIER!

Oldham v Middleton

by ROD HIGHTON

MIDDLETON cruised to another five points at the Pollards on Sunday, in the end winning by 175 runs.

Ste Davey won the toss and opened the innings with Scott Stanworth and they had moved comfortably to 37 in the 10th over when Stanworth was caught by Wasim off Oldham professional Sheryar Hassan for 14 and just seven runs later Davey (17) went to a dubious call when the ball seemed to hit the floor before hitting the foot of a fielder and  looping up for Hassan to take the catch.

Davey stood in disbelief as the umpire raised his fingerto send the skip hopping mad back to the pavillion.

Middleton's professional Michael Smith and George Walker took the game away from Oldham with a superb stand of 127 in 24 overs before Smith was caught behind by Ramsan off Riaz for his second half century of the weekend with a score of 67 off only 71 balls.

Hardman and Walker took the total on to 187 before Hardman was bowled by Wasif for 12 and just three runs later Walker was caught and bowled by Hassan for 48.

Grant Jones hit 21 off 15 balls, including two sixes, as Middleton tried to up the run rate before he was bowled by Ashraf and Middleton were 218/6 with eight overs left.

Alex Copeland was run out for three with the score on 234 and seven runs later Stuart Fitton dragged one for 18 off Hassan, then two balls after that Matt Foden was lbw as Middleton lost wickets in the pursuit of runs.

Dale Highton and  Zaffer Zaman took the score to 253 before Hassan picked up his sixth wicket, bowling Zaman for two and Highton was unbeaten on nine.

Hassan ended with figures of 22.5-3-81-6.

Middleton got off to dream start when they had Oldham staggering at four for four. Highton picked up Amir Bhatti lbw for two in the first over and Zaman had Hafiz Raman caught by Highton for two in his first over.

Highton's next over accounted for Tariq Hussein lbw for 0 and Zaman picked up the fourth wicket, that of professional Hassan, who was caught by Stanworth, having registered a duck.

Oldham took the score to 25 before Zaman picked up his third wicket when he had Syed Wasif caught by Stuart Fitton for 12.

A stand of 27 took Oldham past the 50 mark before Hardman struck having Naeem Ashraf caught by Grant Jones for 15. Just seven runs later Foden picked up the first of his four wickets when he had Aatif Bajawa caught and bowled for three and then he wrapped the game up with the last three wickets. Nadeem Hussain was bowled for eight and Ali Hasham (2). Aatif Riaz was also bowled for a duck with Wasim Aslam ending unbeaten on 37 . Oldham were all out for 88.

Foden finished again with impressive figures of 4.2-1-10-4 and Zaman 7-2-15-3.

Next weekend, the last of the season, sees two home games for the first team against Crompton on Saturday and Ashton again on Sunday with the Second XI travelling to Glebe Street and Raynor Lane respectively. All games start at 12.15pm.

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ashton v middleton
Monday, 10 September 2012

IT'S QUACKERS AS THE DUCKS FLY IN TO SEE FODEN AND SMITH CLIP ASHTON'S WINGS

ROD HIGHTON lands it on your lap-top 

MIDDLETON cruised to victory at Raynor Lane as professional Michael Smith and youngster Matt Foden stole the major honours.

They hammered bottom of the table Ashton, winning by eight wickets with 33 overs in hand and Dale Highton did his bit in the bowling stakes claiming four wickets as did Foden.

Pro Asif Iqbal and Robert Gleave struggled under some fine early bowling from Zaffer Zaman and Highton to the extent that they had scored just three runs in the first seven overs.

Highton claimed the first wicket when he had Gleave caught behind by Scott Stanworh for three with the score on 10 in the 14th over.

Just six runs later the same combination accounted for Ashton captain Sarhaj Kadodia for 4.

Zaman bowled a superb opening spell of 11- 8 -7 -0 before being replaced by Tom Hardman who picked up a wicket with his second ball when he had Rathore (5) caught by Stuart Fitton with the score on 25.

At the 25th over stage Ashton had lost two more wickets and were 28 for five with Jack Newman (1) caught by young Ben Lee off Highton  and Tom Hanks was bowled by Hardman without troubling the scorers.

Kalil helped his pro to put on a stand of 35 to take Ashton to 61 in the 38th over when Highton picked up his fourth wicket when Khalil was judged lbw for seven.

Iqbal decided it was time to take the attack on and he hit Foden's first two balls for six and four.

Foden had gone for 18 off his first two overs but the 18-year-old hit back in his third over with a double wicket maiden when he had Iqbal caught by Stuart Fitton for 48. Iqbal hit his total off 113 balls. Three balls Foden bowled Danny Hawthorne for a duck and Ashton were 71for 8.

Only one more run was added when Foden cleaned Ashton up with another double wicket maiden picking up the wickets of Patel bowled for 1 and Mistry caught by Hardman for 0 as they finished 72 all out off 43 overs.

Foden ended with figures of 4- 2-18-4 and Highton 21-9 29-4.

Middleton sent in Smith to open the innings with Scott Stanworth and they got off to a steady start before Stanworth was caught by Kadodia off Iqbal for two with the score on 22.

Matt Lee joined Smith and they took the score to 65 with Smith being the main aggressor before Lee was bowled by Kadodia for 2.

Smith and Hardman saw Middleton home with Hardman ending on two not out and Smith finishing the game with a four and a six to reach an unbeaten 53 off just 60 balls including seven fours and two sixes to give Middleton a comfortable five points.
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Oldham v Middleton
Sunday, 09 September 2012

grant_batting.jpgSMITH SHINES ON AS FODEN MAKES IT A MATT FINISH

ROD HIGHTON and STEVE BOTT at The Pollards

MATT Foden collected his second four-wicket haul in successive days and professional Michael Smith smashed 67 more runs as Middleton laid strong claims to a place in next season's Premier League.

They claimed a massive 165-run victory over bottom of the table Oldham in a one-sided affair.

George Walker and Grant Jones (pictured) came into the side for Matt and Ben Lee as Middleton looked to firm up that bid for a top eight finish.

The visitors were 81 for two after 19 overs but had been off for rain three times since the start.

They managed to progress to 128 for two after another nine overs and went on to amass a very respectable total of 253 all out.

Once again Middleton's excellent value for money South African pro Smith was the top scorer with 67 runs and Walker was just two short of his half century with 48.

After tea they ripped into Oldham and had them staggering at four for four with another five points looking almost certain. It looked like nothing short of a miracle would save Oldham but they did stage something of a recovery and progressed to 53 for six.

But they lost their last four wickets with the addition of just 35 more runs and Middleton were victorious with Foden returning bowling figures of four for 10 and Zaffer Zaman claiming three for 15.

 
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