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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Time For A 20/20 Hat-Trick!

MIDDLETON retained the 20/20 Cup in some style at Harehills on Sunday, writes ROD HIGHTON.

After watching the first semi-final between Littleborough and Heywood which was won by the hosts by seven runs, Middleton played Werneth in the second semi-final, a team they had beaten the previous day in the League.

Werneth won the toss and chose to bat and Middleton struck with the score on four when Richard Fitton cleaned bowled Werneth' professional Hassan Abbas for a duck.

The score was 16 when George Walker had Werneth captain Matthew Taylor (2) caught by Fitton and just three runs later Fitton picked up the wicket of John Slater, caught by Middleton professional Michael Smith for 12.

Dale Highton then picked up two wickets in his first over. The first was Werneth's overseas amateur Kyle Roberts (7) caught by Cameron Smith and three balls later Joe Taylor was on his way lbw for one.

Werneth were struggling on 25 for five and just as the previous day their middle to late order had to attempt to pull it round.

Mark Dronsfield and Mehmood Ul Hassan put together a stand of 39 with a mixture of good shots and running and a dose of help from slack fielding and dropped catches by the Moonrakers.

This was the only thing  they let themselves down in all day and Fitton soon restored spirits when he came back to bowl Dronsfield for a top score of 22.

Highton returned for his final over and picked up the wickets of Ul Hassan, who was stumped by Scott Stanworth for 19, and Michael Wilson caught and bowled for zero.

Werneth finished on 96 for eight off their 20 overs. Rob Shaw (15) and Andy Walker (10) were both unbeaten.

Fitton had bowling figures of 4 1 10 3 and Highton 4 1 9 4.

Smith and captain Ste Davey opened for Middleton and took the score to 19 in the fifth over when Davey was caught by Roberts off Wilson for eight.

Stanworth joined Smith and put on a stand of 21 in three overs before Smith (22) played on to Ul Hassan. Stanworth and Tom Hardman calmed any nerves with a superb stand of 60 in nine overs to see Middleton through with four overs to spare. Stanworth finished unbeaten on 25 and Hardman unbeaten on 26 as Middleton moved on to the final.


HOME skipper and pro Clinton Perren and overseas amateur Worrin Williams opened the batting after Perren had won the toss and the two Australians put together a stand of 96 in 14 and half overs before Perren was bowled by George Walker for 56 off only 53 balls.

He hit seven fours and one six then Williams followed eight runs later for 34 to a stunning caught and bowled by Hardman.

Littleborough lost more wickets in the pursuit to up the run rate. Two wickets fell on 118, the first was Tom Pye stumped by Stanworth off Danny Core for 14 and the second was Gary Hulme caught by Reece Jones off Dale Highton for three.

Core picked up a second wicket  when his combination with Stanworth worked again as Callum Rushton was stumped for two. Littleborough finished on 128 for five with Joe Barnes  five not out and Adam Rose two not out.

Middleton opened with Smith and Davey and got off to a flyer with a mixture of good shots and good running.

They reached 36 when Davey got in a tangle and was stumped by Jamie Roche of Perren for 13.

Stanworth joined Smith and their superb stand of 70 all but won the game as both players played some delightful shots all round the ground.

With the score on 106 Stanworth was bowled by Williams for a fine 33 to give Littlebrough a glimmer of hope.

But it was not to be as Hardman helped his pro to a winning  total of 132-2 with three balls left and Hardman finished on eight not out and Smith had a brilliant 70 not out off 56 balls, including ten fours  to deservedly win the Man Of The Match award as Middleton retained their title in some style.

The celebrating went on in to the night and great credit must be given to Littlebrough for hosting the day in smashing style. A good day was had by all.


Semi Final


J Slater ct Smith b R Fitton 12

H Abbas b R Fitton 0

M Taylor ct R Fitton b Walker 2

K Roberts ct R Jones b Highton 7

J Taylor lbw Highton 1

M Dronsfield b R Fitton 22

M Ul Hassan st Stanworth b Highton 19

R Shaw not out 15

M Wilson ct & b Highton 0

A Walker not out 10

Extras 8 Total 96 for 8


T Hardman 4 0 27 0

R Fitton 4 1 10 3

G Walker 4 0 22 1

D Highton 4 1 9 4

D Core 4 0 27 0


M Smith b Ul Hassan 22

S Davey ct Roberts b Wilson 8

S Stanworth not out 25

T Hardman not out 26

Extras 19 Total 100 for two


M Taylor 4 0 23 0

J Taylor 3 0 14 0

M Wilson 1 0 10 1

M Ul Hassan 2 0 13 1

A Walker 2 0 9 0

H Abbas 1 0 6 0

J Burston 3 0 21 0


 Littleborough v Middleton


W Willaims ct & b Hardman 34

C Perren b Walker 56

T Pye st Stanworth b Core 14

G Hulme ct R Jones b HIghton 3

J Barnes not out 5

C Rushton st Stanworth b Core 2

A Rose not out 2

Extras 12 Total 128 for five


T Hardman 4 0 20 1

R Fitton  4 0 15 0

G Walker 4 0 37 1

D Highton 4 0 18 1

D Core 4 0 31 2


M Smith not out 70

S Davey st Roche b Perren 13

S Stanworth b Williams 33

T Hardman not out 8

Extras 8 Total 132 for two


W Williams 4 0 21 1

C Rushton 4 0 29 0

C Perren 4 0 15 1

P Jones 3 0 21 0

P Deakin 3.3 0 24 0

J Baines 1 0 16 0

Winners Again!
Monday, 23 July 2012

Smith Slogs Plenty To Keep 20/20! 

CONGRATULATIONS to the Middleton first team squad after successfully defending their 20/20 crown at Littleborough yesterday, writes STEVE BOTT.

Professional Michael Smith hit a glorious 70 in the final to secure the cup again after Middleton had seen off Werneth in the semi-final and then Littleborough in the final.

It's a great achievement and sets them up nicely for another defence - that of the Wood Cup which the Towncroft boys also scooped last year!

Full scoreboards on here soon.


Monday, 23 July 2012

Weneth v Middleton League Match

Hardman's Five Sees Middleton To Victory

MIDDLETON won at the Coppice on Saturday - but not before surviving a scare, writes ROD HIGHTON.

Tom Hardman picked up his first five-wicket haul for the Moonrakers as he finished with figures of 32-5.

Werneth captain Matthew Taylor won the toss and elected to bat. Taylor and John Slater opened the batting and had taken the score to 12 when Hardman struck by having Slater well caught by Reece Jones for five.

Seven runs later Hardman claimed his second wicket when he had Werneth professional Hassan Abbas (3) caught by Richard Fitton and without addition to the score Zaffer Zaman had Taylor caught by Steve Davey at slip for 10.

South African overseas amateur  Kyle Roberts and Joe Taylor took the score to 31 before Middleton picked up three more wickets. The first to go was Taylor (2) caught behind by Stanworth and then Mohammed Ul Hassan lbw for 0, both falling to Hardman. Roberts was caught by Danny Core for eight off the bowling of Zaman.

Robert Shaw  became Hardman's fifth victim when he was caught at slip by Davey and leaving Werneth on 42-7.

The tail battled to get their team up to a decent score but they finished all out for 79, with Dale Highton trapping Michael Wilson lbw for two, Richard Fitton having Mark Dronsfield caught and bowled for a top score of 16 and finally Danny Core wrapping the innings up by having Joe Burston caught by George Walker for eight leaving Andy Walker unbeaten on 12.

Middleton strolled to 24 in the sixth over when Joe Taylor bowled Davey for four.

Middleton professional Michael Smith joined Stanworth and without much difficulty took the score along to 56 before Joe Taylor picked up his second wicket, having Stanworth easily caught in the gully by Dronsfield for 24.

The total of 56 for two soon became 57-4 as first Smith went caught behind by Shaw off Matt Taylor for 18 and then Walker (0) fell again caught Shaw bowled Taylor.

When the two combined again to get rid of Cameron Smith (4) Middleton were in trouble at 64-5. This should have become 64-6 as Recee Jones was put down off the very first ball he faced.

That was to be the end for Werneth as Jones and that man Hardman saw Middleton home with Jones unbeaten on 10 and Hardman four not out.

Next Saturday sees the first team at home to Royton. The Second XI travel to the Paddock. On Sunday the Seconds are home to MIlnrow with the Firsts travelling. to Ladybarn. All games start at 1.30.


J Slater ct Jones b Hardman 5

M Taylor ct Davey b Zaman 10

H Abbas ct Fitton b Hardman 3

K Roberts ct Core b Zaman 8

J Taylor ct Stanworth b Hardman 2

M Ul Hassan lbw Hardman 0

M Dronsfield ct & b Fitton 16

R Shaw ct Davey b Hardman 10

M Wilson lbw Highton 2

A Walker not out 12

J Burston ct Walker b Core 8

Extras 3 Total 79 all out


T Hardman 11 2 32 5

Z Zaman 10 4 19 2

D Highton 8 2 9 1

R Fitton 4 3 4 1

D Core 4 1 13 1


S Stanworth ct Dronsfield b J Taylor 24

S Davey b J Taylor 4

M Smith ct Shaw b M Taylor 18

T Hardman not out 4

G Walker ct Shaw b M Taylor 0

C Smith ct Shaw b M Taylor 4

R Jones not out 10

Extras  16 Total 80 for 5


M Taylor 11.2 1 39 3

J Taylor 11 2 35 2



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.


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. 


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


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


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


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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