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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Middleton v Radcliffe Saturday August 18 2012

Middleton Pick Up Vital Win


MIDDLETON picked up a vital four points at  Towncroft on Saturday in their quest to finish in the top eight of the division.

Skipper Steve Davey's 68 and another five-wicket haul from Dale Highton saw Middleton home with over 17 overs to spare.

Radcliffe's captain Mark Robinson won the toss and chose to bat but just as the players were coming out on to the field the dreaded rain started to fall. Fortunately it was only  a brief shower and play started 10 minutes later in a match reduced to 48 overs.

Robinson and Sean Gibson opened the innings  but with only five on the board Zaffer Zaman bowled Robinson for one and just three runs later Zaman struck again when he bowled Gibson (5).

Alex Blake and Radcliffe professional Phil Hayes put together a stand of 62 before Blake danced down the track and was comfortably stumped by Scott Stanworth off the bowling of Dale Highton.

The same combination accounted for Tom Barling (5) 12 runs later.

Michael Burns helped his pro to put on a stand of 40 before Hayes was caught by Middletons professional Michael Smith off the bowling of Matt Foden for a top score of 59.

The score had reached 133 when Highton struck twice in three balls to remove Ben Johnson (4) and Burns (21) both caught by Stuart Fitton and just five runs later Highton had his second five-wicket haul of the week when he and Stanworth combined again with the stumping of  Gary Wolstencroft for two and he finished with superb figures of 19 3 43 5.

Foden picked up the ninth wicket when Stanworth took his fourth stumping of the day to get rid of Faisal Ali for one.

Radcliffe saw through the last four balls to reach 141 for 9 in their allotted overs with Ste Cheetham not out 2 and Chris Owen also not out 2.

Middleton needed a good start and that is what they got when Stanworth and Davey put on a stand of 58 off 74 balls before Stanworth was caught at slip by Johnson off Cheetham for 10.

Twenty four runs later Cheetham struck again when Smith was adjudged lbw for three.

The score had reached 96 when Davey fell for a magnificent 68 - his top score of the season off 76 balls with 14 fours when he was also adjudged lbw off Johnson.

Middleton had a little bit of a wobble with Tom Hardman (9) falling to the Johnson-Cheetham combination with the score on 109 and 13 runs later Cheetham picked up his fourth wicket when he had Stuart Fitton caught behind by Robinson for four.

George Walker 15 not out and Grant Jones also 15 not out saw Middleton home for a comfortable four points.


S Gibson b Zaman 5

M Robinson b Zaman 1

A Blake st Stanworth b HIghton 29

P Hayes ct Smith b Foden 59

T Barling st Stanworth b Highton 5

M Burns ct S Fitton b HIghton 21

B Johnson ct S Fitton b Highton 4

G Wolstencroft st Stanworth b HIghton 2

S Cheetham not out 2

F Ali st Stanworth b Foden 1

C Owen not out 2

Extras 10

Total 141-9


T Hardman 5 0 14 0

Z Zaman 7 2 19 2

D Highton 19 3 43 5

M Foden 17 1 64 2


S Stanworth ct Johnson b Cheetham 10

S Davey lbw Johnson 68

M Smith lbw Cheetham 3

G Walker not out 15

T Hardman ct Johnson b Cheetham 9

S Fitton ct Robinson b Cheetham 4

G Jones not out 15

Extras 18

Total 142-5


M Burns 6 0 40 0

S Cheetham 14.3 3 41 4

B Johnson 9 0 51 1

S Gibson 1 0 5 0

Sunday, 19 August 2012


Middleton helped their bid to reach the Central Lancashire League's top eight as they scored 142 for five at Towncroft yesterday, with skipper Steve Davey hitting 68, in reply to the visitors total of 141 for 9. Dale Highton took five wickets for 43 runs.

Team News
Friday, 17 August 2012
MIDDLETON skipper Steve Davey has named an unchanged side for both this weekend's games against Radcliffe at home tomorrow and away at Littleborough on Sunday. TEAM: Davey, Stanworth, Hardman, Walker, G Jones, S Fitton, Foden, R Fitton, Highton, Zaman, Smith (pro).
Start Times
Thursday, 16 August 2012

Please note the following start times for the season's remaining fixtures:

Aug 18/19th start time 1:15
Aug 25/26th 1:00
Sept 2nd 12:45
Sept 8/9th 12:30
Sept 15/16th 12:15

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


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



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!


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


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


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


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

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