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Sunday, 12 August 2012

Middleton v Clifton Saturday August 11 2012

Perera Has No Truck With Middleton As Foden Shines


MIDDLETON'S hopes of a top eight finish were dealt a blow on Saturday at Towncroft when they were soundly beaten by Clifton.

But it looks like they have unearthed another star in left arm spinner Matt Foden who finished with impressive figures of 13-2-42-4. 

Clifton captain Liam Dorsey won the toss on what looked a belter of a wicket. Overseas amateur Malinda Athahda and Dean Morris opened the batting and had taken the score to 21 when Athahda was caught by Grant Jones off Dale Highton for 13.

Morris and Adam Holt put on a stand of 65 even though both were dropped before Morris was caught in the deep by Tom Hardman off 18-year-old Matt Foden, bowling for the first time in the first team. Foden struck again five balls later when he had Chris Thorpe lbw for 0.

Clifton's score of  86-3 soon became 90-4 when Foden picked up his third wicket when he caught and bowled Holt for 35. Greg Jennings (3) was the next to go with the score on 99 when Highton had him caught behind by Scott Stanworth.

The score had reached 110 when Foden enticed Clifton's professional Madura Perera down the track and Stanworth whipped the bails off.

Highton picked up his third wicket when he had James Ainscough (11) caught by Jones with the score on 122. Dorsey and Dave Barton saw Clifton through to a score of 153-7, a score that seemed well short of a decent total.

Middleton's usual opening partnership of Stanworth and skipper Steve Davey opened the batting but with the score on 16 Davey (2) fell caught behind by Mike Hay off Perera and five runs later Stanworth was back in the shed when he mis-timed a short ball off Perera and was caught by Holt for 10.

George Walker joined his professional Michael Smith at the crease and they took the score to 38 before Walker was bowled by Jennings for nine.

Tom Hardman helped Smith to put on Middleton's biggest stand of the match before he danced down the track and was easily stumped by Hay off Morris for nine.

Perera  picked up the prize wicket of Smith when he had him caught by Holt for 21 with the score on 83.

The score of 83 for five became 96 all out after a spectacular collapse, with only Stuart Fitton producing anything of value crashing Perera through extra cover for a couple of fours.

Fitton was out to Holt's third catch of the match off Morris for 17, Grant Jones (4) was bowled by Perera,  Richard Fitton caught at the second attempt by Hay and Zaffer Zaman bowled, both by Perera to give the Sri Lankan figures of 13 4 49 6.

Foden was the last man out run out for 0 as Middleton collapsed to a dismal score.


M Athahda ct G Jones b Highton 13

D Morris ct Hardman b Foden 37

A Holt ct & b Foden 35

C Thorpe lbw Foden 0

M Perera st Stanworth b Foden 12

G Jennings ct Stanworth b Highton 3

J Ainscough ct G Jones b Highton 11

L Dorsey not out 22

D Baron not out 9

Extras 11

Total 153-7


Hardman 5 2 11 0

Z Zaman 9 2 22 0

D Highton 20 3 63 3

R Fitton 3 0 14 0

M Foden 13 2 42 4


S Stanworth ct Holt b Perera 10

S Davey ct Hay b Perera 2

M Smith ct Holt b Perera 21

G Walker b Jennings 8

T Hardman st Hay b Morris 9

S Fitton ct Holt b Morris 17

G Jones b Perera 4

D Highton not out 1

R Fitton ct Hay b Perera 0

Z Zaman b Perera 0

M Foden run out 0

Extras 24

Total 96 all out


M Perera 13 4 49 6

G Jennings 7 1 28 1

D Morris 6.5 2 10 2


- The Second Eleven continued their good recent form with an easy victory against their Clifton counterparts. Clifton batted first and we bowled out for 90, Mark Buckley being the cheif destroyer with 5-25 off 15 overs. Middleton chased the total with the loss of 4 wickets, Rob Bennett finishing on 41 not out 

Wood Cup Final
Friday, 10 August 2012



IS  it possible to better a season of achievement like last year's?

The double victories in the Wood Cup and 20/20 competition saw Middleton's first team celebrate their most succesful campaign for more than 70 years.

The 20/20 Cup is already in the bag again this time around and Middleton captain Ste Davey thinks it is definitely possible to defend the Wood Cup as well - and that in his book would be even better than last term's effort as it would be a double double - winning the two cups in successive season.

"It would be fantastic and slightly better than last season's superb achievement" said Davey.

Norden, the reigning Central Lancashire League champions, are the opposition at Towncroft on Sunday and with two victories at their place under their belts already this season and just one loss at home to them Davey thinks his Middleton men are in the driving seat.

"They have some good players such as Nick Brierley their wicketkeeper-batsman and off spinner Oliver Makin as well as the pro of course," Davey added.

"They have good batting strength and their bowlers are quite good to - but then we have some good players too."

There is one name missing from the regular Middleton side. All-rounder Danny Core will not play at all this weekend because of work commitments in his new job.

"He's gutted," said the skipper. "But in this day and age work has to come first - especially in a new job."

Young left arm spinner Matt Foden steps in for Core and Davey says: "Matt has earned his chance and I think he can do a job for us."

Before the final Middleton have another very important game against Clifton at Towncroft tomorrow. They desperately need to win and do well in their remaining league games to ensure a top eight position with the big split into two divisions coming into play next season.

"We are ninth at the moment after a few poor results but we are capabe of doing it. There is a lot to do because its not just about climbing back into the top eight - we have to aim as high as we can and not get dragged back into it," the skipper said.

Everyone associated with the club will be hoping Davey and his men can do just that and complete that dynamic double again on Sunday.

Good luck boys!

TEAM for the home game against Clifton tomorrow is: Davey, Stanworth, Hardman, G Jones, Walker, S Fitton, Highton, R Fitton, M Foden, Zamam, M Smith (pro).

For the Wood Cup final R Jones is added to the squad.

Friday, 10 August 2012



Who was also awake at 6.48am when Ste sent his team news in!

MIDDLETON skipper Ste Davey has just announced his teams for the weekend games against Clifton in the league at Towncroft on Saturday and in the Wood Cup final at the same venue on Sunday.

TEAM for the home game against Clifton tomorrow is: Davey, Stanworth, Hardman, G Jones, Walker, S Fitton, Highton, R Fitton, M Foden, Zamam, M Smith (pro).

For the Wood Cup final R Jones is added to the squad.

Friday, 10 August 2012


MIDDLETON'S teenage sensation Olivia McCusker took one wicket, caught and bowled, off her five overs as she helped Lancashire Ladies beat Holland at Monton and Weaste on Wednesday, writes Steve Bott.

It was a momentous day for 16-year-old Olivia as it marked a rapid rise in her career after playing three games for the Lancashire Under 17s girls side.

Left-arm spinner Olivia, who lives in Chadderton and has been at Middleton for three years, was Middleton's only girl player when she joined the club. She won the junior side's fielding prize in her first season ahead of all the boys.


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


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