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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

COLIN Boucher was last seen driving a bus in Oldham, Ken McEntyre is somewhere in the Antipodes still involved with a cricket club and Keith Courtney is a multi-millionaire importer-exporter with business contacts and residences around the world, writes STEVE BOTT.

So where are the others now? The charismatic players who everybody loved at Towncroft over the years - from Roy Gilchrist to Brad Osborne and many in between and maybe even after.

We see a famous local lad who has never left his roots often. Paul Rocca is still heavily involved with the league and visits Towncroft on a regular basis. He also uses a bus now from time to time as he has a free pass! Maybe he stands at the front and has a chat with Colin during the journey!

Talking of buses I wonder where Brian is now. Brian was a vociferous North Mancunian who supported Middleton for many seasons and also drove a bus.

The best tale involving him was when he allegedly stopped a double decker full of passengers on Hollin Lane, climbed out of the driver's seat and up onto the top deck where he proceeded to watch the action on Towncroft for a while oblivious to his passengers and their desire to reach their destinations! 

John Burton was one of the first professionals I watched at Towncroft shortly after I arrived as a young nine-year-old boy on Springfield Road.

John was a big, lean-boned Yorkshireman from the Huddersfield area. Indeed, it is probably through him that Middleton CC's connection with Slaithwaite Cricket Club began. Roger Clarkson, a fast bowler who also resided on Springfield Road and the aforementioned Keith Courtney went to Slaithwaite for spells as the professional at the club just over the Lancs/Yorks boundary on the road from Oldham to Huddersfield.

In sharp contrast to straightforward and upright John Burton let's leap to Brad Osborne, a likeable South African who was good on the pitch a great conversationalist in the bar and he also had a bit of a mad streak too which created the odd interesting titbit to mull over as well!

I wonder what he and Kelvin Williams are doing now. Kelvin was a much loved pro at Middleton. He had two spells with the club and there weren't many who did not take to this quiet affable West Indian.

 
Seconds
Tuesday, 12 June 2012

I have had a request to include second teams scores on the website more often so could the skipper or scorer of the current champions please contact me on 07929 294102 urgently

 Steve Bott

 
Preview
Monday, 11 June 2012

THERE'S a great home double header this coming weekend with Walsden providing the opposition in the League on Saturday and Unsworth coming to Towncroft in the Wood Cup on Sunday, writes STEVE BOTT

Skipper Steve Davey is hoping his side can bounce back from the derby 20/20 defeat by Heywood and wrack up two important wins.

The loss to Heywood was a big blow as it came in one of the two trophies Middleton are currently defending this season.

But Davey says: "We won the first game against Rochdale so if we can beat Norden we still have a chance of progressing further."

But its the league that really matters and Middleton need a victory against Walsden if they are to keep tabs on the teams at the top of the CLL table.

Then they aim to continue their defence of the Wood Cup, which they won for the first time in ten years last season, against Unsworth after disposing of Werneth in the first round last month.

Davey sees the league game against Walsden as perhaps the more important of two very big fixtures. "It's a must win game for us," he said. "They are a little bit above us in the league but if we beat the weather we are at home so we have got to fancy our chances."

The Wood Cup clash against Unsworth the following day throws up the question of pressure again as Middleton are the current holders. But Davey says: "Just because we won it last season I don't think that puts any extra pressure on us.

"We are a good side and I am sure we will put in a performance against Unsworth."

Davey expects to field the same XI for both games (wickets pitched 1.30pm) and his team is: S Davey, S Stanworth (wkt), G Jones, R Jones, D Highton, D Core, Z Zaman, T Hardman, G Walker, R Fitton, M Smith (professional).

The second team continue their title defence at Walsden on Saturday and take on Crompton in the Burton Cup on Sunday. Both games are of course away.

 
Info
Sunday, 10 June 2012

Anything you want considered for publication on the website please contact me Steve Bott on 07929 294102 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Elaine Roydes and other members of the committee are also excellent points of contact

 
Pros
Sunday, 10 June 2012

MIKE Smith is the latest in a long line of top professionals to grace Towncroft, writes STEVE BOTT.

The South African all-rounder has already made his mark after just one season as he led Middleton to their most successful term for decades in 2011.

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Jack Gillibrand
Sunday, 10 June 2012

By STEVE BOTT

JACK Gillibrand has been synonymous with Middleton Cricket Club since Adam was a lad.

Now I am not trying to say Jack is old because at 57 myself that would be asking for trouble. All I can say is that as a former neighbour of his, friend to his children and regular passer through his back garden on to the cricket club there is only one other person who matches Jack when I think of Middleton Cricket Club and that is Harry Harwood.

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