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Player Profiles
Wednesday, 08 August 2012

Age 21
Marital status - Single
Where did you start playing cricket: Heywood


Best Professional Played With: Sherwin Campbell


Best Professional Played  Against: Anthony McGrath
Favourite cricketer: Tim Bresnan 

Favourite sports star: Buffon ( Goalkeeper ) 

Best Cricket Achievement: 106not out in Lancs Ko against Clitheroe


Favourite Moment: Moose getting Smithy Out


Pet Hates In Sport: Tapping the pitch at the crease
Other sports played: Football
Other sporting family members: Brother Scott

Favourite hobby/pastime: Playing Roller Hockey

Favourite TV show: Everybody Loves Raymond


Favourite film: Forest Gump
Favourite food: Chinese
Favourite band: The Editors
Favourite singer: Brampton Flowers
Favourite actor/actress: Mark Wahlberg
Ambitions/targets: To Play County Cricket


Player Profiles
Wednesday, 08 August 2012

Age: 32
Marital status -  Married to Niki with son Trent
Where did you start playing cricket: South Africa U9s


Best Professional Played With: Makhaya Ntini


Best Professional Played  Against: Brian Lara
Favourite cricketer: Jaques Kallis 

Favourite sports star: Tiger Woods 

Best Cricket Achievement: Playing for Warriors/Eastern Province/Border and in the Hong Kong 6s


Favourite Moment: Anytime Dale fields off his own bowling.


Pet Hates In Sport: Not Giving 100%

Other sports played: Hockey/Squash


Other sporting family members: Brad Osbourne ( Cousin )
Favourite hobby/pastime: Poker

Favourite TV show: Grimm

Favourite film: The Usual Suspects
Favourite food: Vegetables
Favourite band: Pearl Jam
Favourite singer: Eddie Vedder
Favourite actor/actress: Lee Wolstenholme
Ambitions/targets: To Win Trophies


Player Profiles
Wednesday, 08 August 2012



Age: 45
Marital status - Very Much Married

 Where did you start playing cricket: Middleton


Best Professional Played With: Peter Sleep


Best Professional Played  Against: Dennis Lillee ( 24 not out )
Favourite cricketer: Beefy 

Favourite sports star: Mick Buckley 

Best Cricket Achievement: Winning


Favourite Moment: Gary Porter


Pet Hates In Sport: Young Boys Not Showering
Other sports played: Easier To Say Sports Not Playedl
Other sporting family members: nephews Cricket
Favourite hobby/pastime: Debating

Favourite TV show: University Challenge


Favourite film: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Favourite food: Cheese On Toast
Favourite band: None
Favourite singer: Matt Monroe
Favourite actor/actress: Roger Whitworth
Ambitions/targets: To break off at snooker without using a rest


Olivia McCusker
Tuesday, 07 August 2012



TEENAGE starlet Olivia McCusker takes a giant step in her burgeoning cricketing career when she plays for the Lancashire Ladies first team on Wednesday against Holland at Monton & Weaste CC.
The youngster will probably only play a small role but her impressive bowling figures have been recognised by the first team coach who feels the experience of being involved will do her no end of good.
Also expected to be in the team is Heywood's Katy Cross, daughter of former Rochdale, Norwich City, West Ham United and Manchester City striker David Cross.
Olivia, who joined Middleton around three years ago, has now played three  times for the Lancashire under 17 Ladies.
In her first game against Derbyshire in Chesterfield Olivia bowled eight overs and took one wicket for 27 runs. She also took a catch as Lancashire won by 26 runs.
In her second game at Nelson Cricket Club against Durham Olivia bowled three overs and had one maiden taking two wickets for two runs. She also took a catch in the field. Lancashire won by eight wickets.
Against Yorkshire at Unsworth Olivia bowled nine overs with four maidens taking three wickets for eight runs. Lancashire won beating Yorkshire Ladies U17's for the first time.
Tuesday, 07 August 2012

Middleton v Rochdale Wood Cup Semi Final

Sunday August 5 2012

Double Joy For Middleton And It's Just Grand For Smith!

MIDDLETON Cricket Club are in both CLL cup finals afer superb wins in their respective semi finals, writes ROD HIGHTON.

The Second XI travelled to Littlebrough and bowled them out  for 146 then knocked off the runs with just three wickets down to book a place in the Burton Cup Final.

In the other semi-final Heywood were all out for 184 and Walsden had not batted when the weather intervened.

Meanwhile, at Towncroft the first team won by nine runs in a fantastic game against Rochdale.

Middleton won the toss and elected to bat but where soon on the back foot as first Ste Davey was caught by Ian Halliwell at slip off Tom Avery in the second over for one.

Then when Scott Stanworth was adjudged lbw to Rochdale's deputy professional Gary Park for seven, Middleton were in a spot of bother at 25 for two in the fifth over.

George Walker joined his professional Michael Smith and the pair combined to put on a terrific stand of 86, but with the score on the dreaded Nelson ( 111 ), Walker was run out by a tremendous bit of fielding by Park for 26.

Tom Hardman joined Smith and another superb partnership of 84 put Rochdale on the back foot.

It came as a surprise when the wicket to fall was that of Smith who once again had a tremendous knock of 90 off 111 balls including 12 fours.

In the process he past 1,000 runs for the season before being bowled by the returning Park with the score on 195.

Stuart Fitton played a cameo role in hitting 12 off 13 balls before falling bowled to Derek Faulkner with the score on 217.

Hardman brought up his half century with a six off Park and finished with an unbeaten 64 off 76 balls including four fours and three sixes.

Grant Jones hit an unbeaten run a ball 17 as Middleton ended on 244 for five with Hardman also passing 500 runs for the season.

Some people thought it was enough and some thought it was around 20 or 30 short. Whichever train of thought, it was still going to be a challenging total.

Rochdale got off to a steady start with overseas amateur Byron Haycock, who had hit a ton the previous day, and Adam Smith. Haycock was the first to go when Richard Fitton had him lbw for 27 with the score on 45. Park joined Smith and they took the score to 84 before Smith was caught by Michael Smith off Walker for 35.

The next wicket was that of Park (35), well held on the boundary edge by Danny Core off the bowling of Zaffer Zaman with the score on 136 after a 50 partnership with Rochdale Skipper Andy Dawson.

The run rate by now had gone up over six an over but if Middleton thought they had it won they had to think again as Dawson was playing magnificently and brought up his 50 off just 50 balls before the match turned again as Dawson drove one back only to see Dale Highton take the catch at the second attempt off his bowling and Dawson was out for 54 with the score on 180.

Eight runs later Greg Butterworth was bowled by the returning Richard Fitton for 21 and only one more run was added when James Maurice Scott (0) lifted one to Davey again off Fitton and Rochdale were rocking at 189 for six.

Once again people must have thought Middleton now had the game in the bag, but Rochdale, to their credit wouldn’t lie down as Derek Faulkner and Daz Cryer put together a stand of 40 in six overs as the pendulum swung once again in Rochdale's favour.

Then Core struck to have Faulkner caught by Highton for 24 off just 16 balls. With two overs to go Middleton brought back Hardman and he struck with his third ball when he had Cryer caught by Fitton for 15. Next ball he outfoxed Tom Avery trying to take a quick single to run him out for one.

So we came to the last over with Rochdale needing 10 to win with their last pair at the wicket.

The nerves were jangling all round the ground as the ball was thrown to Highton and with his second ball he bowled Halliwell for one and sent Towncroft into a joyous scene of celebration as Middleton won by nine runs.

They will play either Norden or Milnrow. Norden had scored 261 for five in their allotted 50 overs before thunderstorms stopped play.

Tom Hardman won adjudicator Glen Dawson's Man of the Match award but it was a great team effort and special mention should go to Richard Fitton who returned tremendous figures of 9 1 33 3.

Next Saturday sees the firtst team play at home to Clifton desperately needing to get back to winning form in the league to ensure they make a top eight place and the Seconds travel to Manchester Road. Both games start at 1.30.


Middleton S Stanworth lbw Park 7

S Davey ct Halliwell b Avery 1

M Smith b Park 90

G Walker run out 26

T Hardman not out 64

S Fitton b Faulkner 12

G Jones not out 17

Extras 27

Total 244-5


G Park 10 2 52 2

T Avery 10 0 51 1

D Faulkner 10 1 53 1

G Butterworth 10 2 24 0

D Cryer 6 0 35 0

J Scott 4 0 17 0


B Haycock lbw Fitton 27

A Smith ct Smith b Walker 35

G Park ct Core b Zaman 36

A Dawson ct & b Highton 54

G Butterworth b Fitton 21

J Scott ct Davey b Fitton 0

D Faulkner ct Highton b Core 24

D Cryer ct R Fitton b Hardman 15

T Avery run out 1

I Halliwell b Highton 1

L Crabtree not out 1

Extras 20

Total 235 all out


T Hardman 10 1 40 1

Z Zaman 10 0 49 1

R Fitton 9 1 33 3

D Highton 9.2 0 46 2

D Core 6 0 38 1

G Walker 5 0 25 1

Sunday, 05 August 2012

Oh yes we're the great defenders!

Congratulations to cup kings Middleton and here's to another successful defence on home ground next Sunday!

A magnificent total of 244 saw them through - just - in the Wood Cup semi-final against Rochdale.

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