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Wood Cup semi-final
Sunday, 05 August 2012


IT'S a glorious day and let's hope it continues that way as Middleton take on Rochdale at Towncroft in the re-arranged semi-final of the Wood Cup, writes STEVE BOTT.

Steve Davey and his men are looking to defend a second trophy having successfully retained the 20/20 Cup after an epic day at Littleborough recently.

TEAM: Davey, Stanworth, Hardman, Walker, S Fitton, G Jones, Core, Highton, Zaman, R Fitton, M Smith (professional).

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Player Profiles- Dale Highton
Friday, 03 August 2012

To try and allow the fans to connect with the players, and find a little about their personal life, we are starting a players profile section. First up is spin bowler, Dale Highton


20/20 Averages
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Here are Middleton's statistics from the victorious Twenty20 campaign
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Middleton CC 1st Averages 2012
Including Lancashire Cup
Up to and including 29/07/2012
 INS       NO         RUNS               H/S                 AVE CA   ST
M Smith 18           4            891                  182no             63.64 8
T Hardman 16           4            474                  100                 39.50     2
S Stanworth 18           2            569                   96                  35.56 9       5
G Jones 14           3            194                   54                  17.63 7
G Walker 15           4            194                   35                  17.63 3
S Davey 18           2            269                   47                  16.81 9
M Lee   6           1              69                   33                  13.80 3
C Smith   3           0              27                   22                    9.00 3
A Copeland   1           0                9                     9                    9.00
D Highton   7           1              49                   17                    8.16 1
R Jones 11           2              65                   17                    8.12 5
R Fitton   4           0              31                   14                    7.75 3
D Core 10           3              48                   18                    6.85 12
M Buckley   4           1              17                   15                    4.25 3
Z Zaman   6           4               5                     4                     2.50
Overs         Maidens       Runs       Wickets             Ave
G Walker   18.4               1                93              7               13.28
D Core 110                  9              459            26               17.65  
D Highton 221                28              768            41               18.73
T Hardman 128.5             12              518            27               19.18                 
Z Zaman 158                31              551            25               22.04                 
R Fitton   13                  0                45              2               22.50
M Buckley   17                  0                84              0                 
Monday, 30 July 2012

Milnrow v Middleton Sunday July 29 2012

Milnrow Rain On Twenty Plenty Champs Parade


TWENTY twenty specialists Middleton were beaten in a game reduced to 30 overs.

The game started at 3.30 and with nine overs to go Middleton seemed to be in a good position to win. They needed 65 off nine overs with seven wickets left but Milnrow professional Baber Naeem had Michael Smith lbw for 25 just when the big South African pro was getting into his stride.

Middleton lost six more wickets for just 44 runs to end the game 20 runs short.

Naeem, Milnrow's captain, having won the toss, elected to bat, but it was Middleton who got off to the better start when Zaffer Zaman bowled Nathan Sinkinson for two with the score on four.

Naeem joined Alex Bartley at the crease  and together they put on the top stand of the match - 75 - with Bartley happy to support his pro as Naeem played some lovely shots around the ground before falling  to the  first ball of Dale Highton's spell well caught by Hardman for 48 off 40 balls. Highton hit nine fours.

Mohamed Jehangir (11) was the next to fall with the score on 100. This time Hardman took a catch off Danny Core.

Core struck again 18 runs later when he bowled Steve Dryden for nine. Bartley fell with the score on 135 stumped by Scott Stanworth to give Core his third wicket for what was a valuable knock of  52 off 87 balls.

Milnrow went from 135 for five to finish on 145 for nine as Middleton came back well with Highton taking two wickets in as many balls. Milnrows' overseas amateur Ali Muzaffar was caught by Core for 10 and then he bowled  Dean Lord with his next ball.

Core was also involved in the last two wickets to fall in the last over. Adam Yates was caught by Grant Jones  and Declan Wilkinson run out. John Lowe was not out on one and Aaron Brown did not face a ball.  Core finished with figures of 46 for four and Highton's were 39 for three. 

Middleton got off to a decent start with Stanworth and George Walker opening the innings and putting on a stand of 46 before Walker fell caught and bowled by Naeem  for 21.

Just three runs later Stanworth followed him, caught by Sinkinson off Muzaffar for 22. Muzaffer picked up his second wicket when he bowled Hardman for one with the score on 65.

Smith's wicket was the one Milnrow wanted and after he went they turned the screw. Aided by the run outs of Grant Jones (5) and Core (2), Reece Jones was stumped by Dryden in between off Wilkinson for eight.

Richard Fitton fell bowled first ball by Naeem and Highton (2) was well caught and bowled to give Naeem his fourth wicket. Naeem finished with figures of 15 3 37 4 as Middleton ended on a disappointing 125 for nine with Davey unbeaten on 21 and Zaman 0 not out.

Next week the first team travel across the border to Yorkshire to play the League Leaders Walsden with the Second XI at Towncroft. On Sunday the Firsts are home to Rochdale in the re-arranged Wood Cup semi-final and the Second XI travel to Littleborough to play in the Burton Cup semi -final.

It's a big day for the club which hopefully will see both teams through to their respective cup finals.


A Bartley st Stanworth b Core 52

N Sinkinson b Zaman 2

B Naeem ct Hardman b Highton 48

M Jehangir ct Hardman b Core 11

S Dryden b Core 9

A Muzaffar ct Core b Highton 10

D Lord b Highton 0

J Lowe not out 1

A Yates ct G Jones b Core 2

D Wilkinson run out 0

A Brown not out 0

Extras 10

Total 145 for 9


T Hardman 8 1 36 0

Z Zaman 3 0 22 1

D Core 12 0 46 4

D Highton 7 0 39 3


S Stanworth ct Sinkinson b Muzaffar 22

G Walker ct & b Naeem 21

M Smith lbw Naeem 25

T Hardman b Muzaffar 1

G Jones run out 5

S Davey not out 21

R Jones st  Dryden b Wilkinson 8

D Core run out 2

R Fitton b Naeem 0

D Highton ct & b Highton 2

Z Zaman not out 0

Extras 18

Total 125 for 9


B Naeem 15 3 37 4

A Brown 2 0 18 0

D Lord 3 0 18 0

A Muzaffar 6 1 23 2

D Wilkinson 4 0 20 1

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Middleton v Royton Saturday July 28 2012

Super Smith Rains Supreme

MIDDLETON professional Michael Smith's majestic knock of 182 not out saw the team through to  a four-point haul from another rain-affected game, writes ROD HIGHTON.

Middleton won the toss and elected to bat on a beautiful strip at Towncroft but Scott Stanworth and Sskipper Steve Davey didn’t have it all their own way due to some tight opening bowling from Matthew Hodson and Matthew Smith.

In the fifth over with the score on seven Davey was on his way bowled by Hodson for two.The score had reached 34 when Stanworth was given out lbw again to Hodson for nine.

What was to come next was hardly believable as Smith and Tom Hardman put to together a magnificent stand of 184 in a shade over 30 overs to put Middleton in a commanding position.

Hardman played second fiddle to his professional with a knock of 63, including two fours before he went caught and bowled by Royton pro Mohamed Zaman Khan with the score on 218.

George Walker helped Smith put on a stand of 73 in the last five overs with Walker finishing unbeaten on 19 off just 10 balls, but it was that man Smith who did the most damage. His first 50 came off 63 balls and his hundred off just 106 balls and his last 82 came off only 40 balls as he flayed Royton to all parts of the ground.

Matthew Hodson, after an earlier spell of 10 2 37 2, finished with figures of 13 2 86 2 as Smith stepped up the pace, hitting Hodsons' last over for 28 including four sixes

Smith's unbeaten knock came off just 146 balls with 19 fours and six sixes in what was a superb knock for his team and Middleton finished on 291 for three.

Liam Mason and Chris McDonnell opened for Royton and with the score on 15 McDonnell was bowled by Zaffer Zaman for 5.

Mason and professional Khan then produced a stand of 112 off 133 balls before the rain came to totally wipe out any chance of more play, so Middleton won with Royton well behind the run rate. League rules stipulate they needed to be on 192 after 28 overs to win the game.

Mason finished on 65 not out and Khan 49 not out after surviving a caught behind appeal off Hardman to the astonishment of the Middleton players.


S Stanworth lbw Hodson 9

S Davey b Hodson 2

M Smith not out 182

T Hardman ct & b Khan 63

G Walker not out  19

Extras 16 Total 291-3


M Hodson 13 2 86 2

M Smith 7 1 26 0

L Brown 11 0 60 0

M Khan 15 1 76 1

A Durose 4 0 38 0


L Mason not out 65

C McDonnell b Zaman 5

M Khan not out 49

Extras 8 Total 127-1


T Hardman 9 2 32 0

Z Zaman 8 1 29 1

D Highton 6 0 32 0

R Fitton 2 0 11 0

D Core 3 0 20 0

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