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Saturday, 01 September 2012

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IT'S A HAT-TRICK AS MIDDLETON COP FOR ANOTHER CUP!

By STEVE BOTT and ROD HIGHTON

MIDDLETON Cricket Club's title of Cup Kings took on more significance this afternoon as the Second XI captured the Burton Cup beating Heywood by five wickets on their own patch.

Skipper Ricky Valentine (pictured left) led his men to victory as they added their own piece of silverware to the first team's double of Wood Cup and 20/20 Cup to make it a real season to remember.

They had Heywood at 75 for six with 13 overs left in the first innings at The Crimble.

The Heywood score moved on to 91 for the loss of one more wicket with eight overs remaining.

And they added just 16 more runs before Middleton mopped up the last three wickets to leave Heywood on 107 all out.

If anybody thought it was going to be easy then Heywood made them sit up and take notice as Middleton were reduced to 35 for three after the first ten overs and lost one more wicket with the addition of just 15 more runs after 19 overs.

After six more overs Middleton had added 14 more runs without further loss and it was very much game on at 64 for four needing 44 to win.

With 20 overs left Middleton were 78 for five and victory was back in their sights. They closed in on their target and needed just 10 runs off the last 16 overs with five wickets standing. Go on boys!

They managed it with two overs to spare and Danny Core finished on 43 not out.

It is going to be some party next Saturday at Towncroft!

 
Milnrow
Monday, 27 August 2012

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Middleton v Milnrow

Middleton In A Desperate Race For Top Eight

by ROD HIGHTON

MIDDLETON need to pick up the mantle if they want to finish in the top eight and secure a place in the Premier Division after a desperately poor batting performance at Towncroft against Milnrow yesterday.

Milnrow skipper Babar Naeem won the toss and put Middleton in to bat on a damp track after once again rain fell overnight and Middleton had moved reasonably comfortably to 56 for the loss of Scott Stanworth (4) caught behind by Ste Dryden off Aaron Brown before the wheels started to come off.

Captain Steve Davey (pictured above) was the next to go when he was caught by Nathan Sinkinson for 21 off Naeem, one of only two players to reach double figures.

Just three runs later they lost their third wicket when George Walker (1) was adjudged caught behind by Dryden to give Declan Wilkinson the first of his 5 wickets and the very next ball Tom Hardman was on his way back caught by Ali Muzaffer and MIddleton were in trouble at 59/4.

Grant Jones joined pro Michael Smith and the pair seemed to have weathered the storm when  disaster struck as Jones was run out for 10 with the score on 73.

Stuart Fitton helped his Pro to put on 19 before Naeem  got the wicket of Smith LBW for 41 and the last four wickets fell for just 14 runs as Middleton were bowled out for 106.

Richard Fitton (0) was caught by Naeem off Wilkinson and he also picked up Matt Foden (1) bowled.

Stuart Fitton (7)  was also bowled this time by Naeem and Dale Highton was the last wicket to fall as he was also bowled by Wilkinson for 7 with Zaffer Zaman finishing on 2 not out.

Wilkinson finished with figures of 15.4 1 41 5 and Naeem 21 9 34 3.

Middleton needed to get early wickets if they were going to get anything of this match and that is what got when with the score on 11 Highton had Mohammed Jehangir caught by Hardman for 9.

Zaffer Zaman then struck twice in two balls to remove Naeem easily caught by Walker and Sinkinson caught at slip by Davey both for 0 and Milnrow were 15/3.

Ste Dryden and Alex Bartley took the score to 36 before Highton struck again when he had Dryden LBW for 4 and Middleton were right back in the game.

Bartley and Mo Siddique put on 32 before Bartley became Hightons third wicket courtesy of a superb catch by Walker for 31 but that was to be that for Middleton as Siddique and Wilkinson won the game for Milnrow with a stand of 42 with Siddique finishing unbeaten on 38 and Wilkinson 24 not out to go with his earlier five wicket haul.

With just 5 games to go the Moonrakers need to re-group and get back to winning ways or they might find theselves playing in the bottom tier next season.

Next Saturday sees the 2nd Team playing in the Burton Cup Final at Heywood and on Sunday the 1st team are at home to Monton & Weaste in a must win game whilst the 2nds travel down the motorway to Welbeck Road. Both games start at 12.45pm.

 
Burton Cup
Monday, 27 August 2012

GONE FOR A BURTON!

The Burton Cup final involving Middleton's second team has been postponed this afternoon again and will now be played on Saturday at Heywood's Crimble cricket ground.

 
Ouch! That Hurt But We'll Battle Back!
Monday, 27 August 2012

pavilion view.jpgBEATEN BUT NOT BOWED!

MIDDLETON lost out against Milnrow but still remain in with a chance of making the CLL's top eight, writes Steve Bott.

The Towncroft side were bowled out for 106 and the Ladybarn boys hit 110 for five.

It leaves Middleton ten points behind Clifton, five behind Monton but with only two points separating Middleton and Royton Steve Davey's men are still in there fighting.

Saturday's game at Unsworth was called off and the Seconds are in action in the Burton Cup final at Heywood weather permitting this afternoon starting at 1pm.

 
Top Man
Saturday, 25 August 2012

 

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By STEVE BOTT

IT has been a tremendous season - due in no small part to the role played by professional Michael Smith.

Some moaners have been heard to say that if the team do not make the top eight for the big cut when the new format comes into play next season this season will be a season wasted. NONSENSE!

The last two seasons have been Middleton's best for over 70 years and anyone who tries to belittle that should hand back their membership card immediately.

And if this and last term have been that good then Smith has also climbed to the peak of the pros' list at Towncroft.

Basil D'Oliveira, Reuven Peiris and one or two others would no doubt welcome Smithy aboard their VIP carriage.

To average over 1500 runs every season takes some doing - but that is pretty much what Smith has done, not just with Middleton but also at Bacup on a high rise track that was nowhere near as good as ours at Towncroft.

That is why he joined us two years ago and he has more than made his mark on and off the pitch as a great pro, batsman, coach, leader and motivator on the pitch.

I am sure Middleton skipper Steve Davey, another superb Middleton CC club man, would be the first to acknowledge the help and asssitance he has had from Smith and we wish Michael well on his return to South Africa and fervently hope he does well in his chosen role there.

Rumour has it that he is in line for a top job back home but he won't know for a few months yet. If he gets it I understand there is one proviso - he doesn't appoint Kevin Pietersen as his right-hand man!

Go to it Smithy!

 

 
Party
Thursday, 23 August 2012

IT'S PARTY TIME!

MIDDLETON Cricket Club's end of season celebration party complete with disco will take place at the club on Saturday September 8. Boogie on down to party with the Cup kings!

 
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