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Oldham v Middleton
Sunday, 09 September 2012


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.

Ashton v Middleton
Saturday, 08 September 2012


PROFESSIONAL Michael Smith hit a great little half century to steer Middleton to another vital victory in the CLL at Ashton this afternoon, writes STEVE BOTT.

Smith finished on 53 not out as Middleton reached their target with ease, finishing on 78 for one off 16 overs to further help their bid to secure a top eight finish and a place in next season's new Premier League.

Earlier bowlers Dale Highton and Matt Foden did the damage as Ashton were dismissed for 72.

Highton and Foden took four wickets apiece, Highton returning figures of four for 29 and Foden four for 18.

Saturday, 08 September 2012




MAJOR selection problems for Middleton skipper Steve Davey (pictured left) for today's game at Ashton.

On top of some first teamers unavailability because of a pre-arranged weekend outing he had to contend with a few second team players who simply didn't want to travel to Rayner Lane when requested to step up.

The first team are fighting for a place in the new-look Premier League next season and had just moved into the top eight last week so maintaining that position is vital.

But Davey said: "It's very thin this week there are two or three first teamers away and when I asked some of the second team to come into the side they said they wanted to stay at Towncroft because the Seconds were at home. They said it was too far to go to Ashton anyway," said Davey.

Interesting. The Second XI might have won the Burton Cup last weekend, but lets see who is pushing for first team selection next season and how far they are prepared to go then!

The Middleton first team at Ashton today and also away at Oldham tomorrow, barring any late changes tomorrow morning, is: Davey, Stanworth, Hardman. Copeland, M Lee, Highton, Zaman, Foden, B Lee, S Fitton, M Smith (pro).

Both games start at 12.30pm.

Monton & Weaste Scorecard
Wednesday, 05 September 2012
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.

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