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Sunny Weather!
Saturday, 21 July 2012

THE Sun is shining bright and there are games on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. The second team are at Towncroft on Saturday against Werneth while the first team travel to the Coppice.

Tomorrow the first team defend their 20/20 crown in  the semi-final and hopefully final of the 20/20 competition at Littleborough. It is an early start so get up there for between 10am and 10.15am to grab a good seat with that glorious view across to the Pennines.

STEVE BOTT

 
20/20
Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Clifton v Middleton  20/20 quarter-final Monday July 16th 2012

Core Blimey Middleton Are In With A Smith Again!

HOLDERS Middleton are through to finals day of the 20/20 competition on Sunday at Littleborough, writes ROD HIGHTON. 

The hosts play Heywood in the first semi-final at 10.30am. Middleton follow against Werneth at 1.30pm. The final is scheduled to start at 4.30pm.

Clifton won the toss and  their skipper Liam Dorsey elected to put Middleton in to bat. Professional Michael Smith and Scott Stanworth  opened after Steve Davey dropped himself down the order to give the team more stability.

Middleton got off to a great start and they had 50 on the board in just 4.2 overs as Smith flayed the Clifton opening attack to all parts of the ground - Robert Reid taking some serious pounding.

Sri Lankan professional Madura Perera also could not contain Smith despite the fact he had taken 28 wickets in the last five League games.

The score had reached 59 when the first wicket went down and it was that of Stanworth (12) who hit Danny Hill straight to Clifton's overseas amateur Milindu Athuada.

Just one run and two balls later Smith departed after playing one on to his stumps off Hill for a hard-hitting 45 off just 27 balls including sevenj fours.

Tom Hardman and George Walker carried on the good work with a partnership of 39. Hardman took the attack to Clifton but he was the third wicket to fall when he was lbw to Dean Morris for 30 off 18 balls including four fours and one six.

Middleton carried on pushing for the runs but with the score on 115 Cameron Smith was bowled by Athuada for five.

Walker was next to fall ten runs later for a fine 25 bowled by the returning Reid and just two runs later Danny Core (1) was run out, but a fine partnership of 25 between Stuart Fitton and Davey got Middleton back on track.

Athuada snapped up both Fitton (13) and Davey (12), the first due to a stumping by Mike Hay then bowling Davey.

Richard Fitton finished unbeaten on five and Reece Jones faced the last ball of the innings and put Athuada back over his head for six. The pick of the bowlers were Athuada with 31-3 off his four overs and Morris who finished with highly respectable figures of 4-0-14-1 as Middleton posted a daunting total of 162 for eight.

If Clifton were to make inroads a lot was to depend on their opening Sri Lankan pair but with the fifth ball of the first over Hardman sent Perera on his way courtesy of a catch behind by Stanworth for two with the total on just four.

There was more trouble for Clifton in the third over with the score on 13 when good teamwork on the boundary by Dale Highton and Jones led to Stuart Fitton whipping the bails off leaving Athuada (3) stranded.

Adam Holt and Chris Lord attempted to repair the damage with a partnership of 39 before Highton had Holt caught by Jones for 30.

The next over saw Walker  pick up two wickets, Morris lbw for two and Lord, who was easily stumped by Stanworth for 15 as Clifton slumped to 60 for five.

The game was almost over as, with the score on 67, Highton had James Evans lbw for five and Core bowled Dave Barton for three.

Core also picked up the last three wickets, two of them bowled as Hay  went for just one run and Hill followed having scored nine.

The last wicket to fall was that of Reid when he holed out to Michael Smith for a duck, leaving Dorsey on three not out  as Clifton finished on 81 all out.

Core finished with splendid bowling figures of 2.5-0-9-4 in what was a top team performance after the misery of the previous day's defeat in the league at Heywood. 

MIDDLETON

M Smith b Hill 45

S Stanworth ct Athuada b Hill 12

T Hardman lbw Morris 30

G Walker b Reid 25

C Smith b Athuada 5

S Fitton st Hay b Athuada 13

D Core run out 1

S Davey b Athuada 12

R Fitton not out 5

R Jones not out 6

Extras 8 Total 162-8

Bowling

M Perera 4 0 34 0

R Reid 4 0 43 1

D Hill 4 0 37 2

D Morris 4 0 14 1

M Athuada 4 0 31 3

CLIFTON

M Athuada run  out 3

M Perera ct Stanworth b Hardman 2

A Holt ct Jones b Highton 30

C Lord st Stanworth b Walker 15

D Morris lbw Walker 2

J Evans lbw Highton 5

D Barton b Core 3

L Dorsey not out 3

M Hay b Core 1

D Hill b Core 9

R Reid ct Smith b Core 0

Extras 8 Total 81 all out

Bowling

T Hardman 3 0 11 1

R Fitton 3 0 29 0

G Walker 2 0 13 2

D Highton 3 0 12 2

D Core  2.5 0 9 4

 
  
 
Twenty/20 semi- finals and Final
Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Twenty/20 Semi-finals and final games will be played at Littleborough Cricket Club on Sunday 22/07/12

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20/20
Tuesday, 17 July 2012

MIDDLETON won their 20/20 quarter-final against Clifton on Monday night reaching 162-8 in their 20 overs before bowling the opposition out for 81, writes STEVE BOTT.

They now progress to the last four in defence of one of the two trophies they won last season.

 
Heywood
Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Heywood v Middleton Sunday July 15 2012

Kaye Makes Hay As Middleton Are Bowled Over

MIDDLETON travelled to The Crimble on Sunday to play in the local derby against Heywood but as in the two previous encounters early in the season they got soundly beaten, writes ROD HIGHTON.

It certainly did not seem the case after Middleton won the toss and chose to bat. Scott Stanworth and Steve Davey brought up the 50 partnership in 53 balls and eight runs later Davey was adjudged lbvw to Heywood's South African professional Travis Townsend for 24.

Four runs later Townsend picked up his second wicket when he had Stanworth (26) caught and bowled.

 What came next was hardly believable as Middleton could only score 82 more runs in 39 overs to end up 140 all out. The two wickets had given Heywood the incentive they needed and Townsend and Australian overseas amateur Hamish Paterson turned the screw to the extent that Middleton could only score nine runs in 11 overs and only 3 runs came off the bat.

Also in that time they lost Tom Hardman lbw to Rob Slawson for one and the prize wicket of Middleton's professional Michael Smith when he was bowled by Paterson for six.

George Walker and Cameron Smith took the score to 91 before Walker (7) played too early to a slower ball and was bowled neck and crop by Chris Kaye.

Reece Jones (3) and Danny Core (1) both fell caught Townsend bowled Kaye with the scores on 95 and 105 respectively and Middleton were 105 for seven.

The tail wagged a bit for Middleton with Dale Highton scoring 14 before going to a fine catch by Heywood captain Bobby Cross off Kaye and Smith was also caught by Cross again off Kaye for 22.

Kaye wrapped it up with his sixth wicket when Paterson caught Richard Fitton for 11 leaving Zaffer Zaman unbeaten on four. Kaye finished up with impressive figures of 10.1-1-30-6, but all the Heywood bowlers put in a fair stint.

Heywood got off to a decent start but with the score on 37 Hardman had Andy Dawson caught by Stanworth for 26

That was to be the last wicket for Middleton as even though the bowlers strived hard it just wasn’t to be and Heywood cruised home with a ball over 13 overs to spare.

Ross Zelem 34 not out and Townsend with a fine 75 off 90 balls including nine fours in a stand of 105 put paid to any faint hopes Middleton might have had of title aspirations.

Next Saturday sees the first team travel to the Coppice to play Werneth with the second team having the home fixture both games starting at 1.30

MIDDLETON

S Stanworth ct & b Townsend 26

S Davey lbw Townsend 24

M Smith b Paterson 6

T Hardman lbw Slawson 1

G Walker b Kaye 7

C Smith ct Cross b Kaye 22

D Core ct Townsend b Kaye 1

R Jones ct Townsend b Kaye 3

D Highton ct Cross b Kaye 14

R Fitton ct Paterson b kaye 11

Z Zaman not out 4

Extras 21 Total 140

Bowling

H Paterson 14 5 32 1

H Naeem 4 0 28 0

T Townsend 6 0 14 2

R Slawson 14 4 31 1

C Kaye 10.1 1 30 6

HEYWOOD

R Zelem not out 34

A Dawson ct Stanworth b Hardman 26

T Townsend not out 75

Extras 7 Total 142 for one

Bowling

T Hardman 9.5 0 38 1

Z Zaman 7 0 31 0

D Highton 9 1 33 0

D Core 9 1 29 0

R Fitton 2 0 7 0

 
Middleton v Oldham
Monday, 16 July 2012

Middleton v Oldham Saturday July 14 2012

S Men Steer Middleton To Victory

MIDDLETON beat Oldham by 85 runs at Towncroft thanks to a superb double hundred partnership between Scott Stanworth and professional Michael Smith, writes ROD HIGHTON

Skipper Ste Davey won the toss and he and Stanworth opened the batting. They found it difficult in the face of some fine bowling from Naeem Ashraf and Faruck Bhukari.

The Middleton pair had reached 16 in the eigth over when Davey was well caught at slip by Zaf Jatoi off the bowling of Bhukari for five.

Stanworth and Smith then turned things round with their 203 partnership coming off just 226 balls. Stanworth fell four runs short of a deserved 100 when he skied one to Bhukari off the bowling of Oldham professional Sheryhar Hassan with just three overs to go.

Tom Hardman was the next to go with one ball left of the innings. He was lbw to Nadeem Hussein for eight  leaving Smith unbeaten with a superb 104 off 119 balls that included seven fours and two sixes.

Smith brought up his hundred with a six off Hassan and Middleton finished with a more than respectable 245 for three.  

Oldham struggled in reply against Hardman and Zaffer Zaman to the extent that they had only 17 on the board in the 11th  over when Hardman struck having Hassan caught behind by Stanworth for nine.

In the next over Zaman had Oldham skipper Zaf Jatoi (4) well caught at point. A fine partnership of 67 between Ajit Bajwa and Hussein took Oldham up to 84 before Hussein was caught at slip by Davey off Dale Highton for 28 and seven runs later Bajwa was caught by Danny Core again off Highton for 36.

The opening bowlers Bhakari and Ashraf complied a partnership of 40 before Core had Bhakari (19) caught and bowled and he also got rid of Ashraf  thanks to magnificent catch by Davey for 33 and Oldham were 142 for six.

Ten more runs were added when Highton had Adnan Shafiq caught on the boundary by Smith and eight runs later he picked up his fourth wicket when Core took his third catch of the day to send back Amir Bhatti for eight.

Only one more run was added before Hardman cleaned up the innings bowling both Ul Hassan and Wasif Sayed in the space of four balls to finish with three wickets and Middleton had the five points.

MIDDLETON

S Stanworth ct Bhakari b Hassan 96

S Davey ct Jatoi b Bhakari 5

M Smith not out 104

T Hardman lbw 8

G Walker not out 0

Extras 32 Total 245-3

Bowling

N Ashraf 7 1 25 0

F Bhakari 8 1 21 1

S Hassan 18 0 69 1

W Syed 7 0 49 0

A Bhatti 3 0 21 0

N Hussein 7 0 49 1

OLDHAM

Z Jatoi ct R Fitton b Zamnn 4

 S Hassan ct Stanworth b Hardman 9

A Bawja ct Core b Highton 36

N Hussein ct Davey b Highton 28

F Bhakari ct & b Core 19

N Ashraf ct Davey b Core 33

A Shafiq ct Smith b Highton 5

A Bhatti ct Core b Highton 8

R Ramzan not out 3

M Ul Hassan b Hardman 0

W Syed b Hardman 0

Extras 15 Total 160 all out

Bowling

T Hardman 14.5 1 44 3

Z Zaman 8 3 19 1

R Fitton 5 0 25 0

D Highton 13 1 54 4

D Core 2 0 8 2

 
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