Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Grant from Biffaward for Double glazing
Wednesday, 11 July 2012

It's with a terrific amount of pride that I bring to member's notice the double glazing which the Club is now sporting through a Grant which Elaine and I applied for and received from Biffa Award.

Monday, 09 July 2012

Middleton v Norden Saturday July 7 2012

No home comfort as champs reign

MIDDLETON lost their third home game of the season against champions Norden at Towncroft on Saturday, writes ROD HIGHTON.

The match had a 2 oclock start and became a 45-over game due once again to the unseasonable rain that had fallen on Friday.

Norden won the toss and put Middleton in to bat in the damp conditions and the toss proved vital.

George Walker and skipper Ste Davey opened the batting and Middleton had reached 21 in the eigth over when a ball from Chris Humphreys looped up off the bat of Davey (8) and the catch was taken by Harvey Fitton.

Four runs later Middleton lost their second wicket when Walker was lbw to Ollie Makin for 14.

Professional Michael Smith and Grant Jones took the score to 41 before Jones (12) was run out by Norden professional Michael Price.

Jones had driven a ball from Humphreys which Fitton did well to stop and shied at the end that Smith was at. Price backing up proceeded to throw down the stumps at the striker's end as Jones ambled back in.

Tom Hardman helped Smith put on Middleton's highest stand of the game of 27 with both batsmen struggling to time the ball in the conditions before Hardman was caught close in by Phil Docker off Makin for five and seven runs later it got worse when Reece Jones (2) chipped one up and Norden's overseas amateur Ste Pimm took an easy catch off Makin.

Matt Lee was the next to go with the score on 86 when Pimm  took a superb  running catch back over his head off Ste Wild and just two runs later Mark Buckley was run out without troubling the scorers by Price.

Makin picked up two more wickets to take his haul to five when he bowled Dale Highton for two and also Alex Copeland for nine and Middleton were 111-9.

Norden picked up the final wicket on the last ball of the innings as Price got his third run out, that of Zaffer Zaman and Middleton were 123 all out. To prove how difficult the conditions were Smith finished on an unbeaten 51 off 106 balls.

Once again Middleton needed to take early wickets to be in with a shout and that’s what they got when in the second over Zaman had Pimm (0) caught by Buckley with the score on 2-1.

That soon became 12-3 as Hardman picked up the wickets of professional Price caught by Lee for eight and Matt Buckley caught by Grant Jones for 0.

Middleton were in with a shout, but that proved not to be as Nick Brierley and Hashan Malik put on a stand of 35 before Malik was adjudged lbw to Highton for 10 and then a stand of 53 between Brierley and Norden skipper Dexter Fitton took the game away from Middleton before Dexter (29) was caught behind by stand-in wicketkeeper Davey.

Brierley and Harvey Fitton saw Norden home with just under seven overs to spare with Fitton finishing on 12 and Brierley unbeaten on 45 in a knock that almost certainly won the game for Norden.

Next Saturday sees the first team at home to Oldham and the seconds travelling to the Pollards and on Sunday the second team are at home to Second Division leaders Heywood in a local derby whilst the first travel across the motorway to the Crimble.

The 20/20 game away at Clifton was washed out on Friday and will be played this Friday the 13th, wickets pitched 6.15pm.


G Walker lbw Makin 14

S Davey ct H Fitton b Humphreys 8

M Smith not out 51

G Jones run out 12

T Hardman ct Docker b Makin 5

R Jones ct Pimm b Makin 2

M Lee ct Pimm b Wild 7

M Buckley run out 0

D Highton b Makin 2

A Copeland b Makin 9

 Z Zaman run out 0

Extras 13 Total 123


M Price 2 0 5 0

C Humphreys 12 6 23 1

O Makin 21 2 69 5

S Wild 10 1 26 1


M Price ct Lee b Hardman 8

S Pimm ct Buckley b Zaman 0

N Brierley not out 45

M Buckley ct G Jones b Hardman 0

H Malik lbw Highton 10

D Fitton ct Davey b Hardman 29

H Fitton not out 12

Extras 20 Total 124-5


T Hardman 12 1 38 3

Z Zaman 9 2 35 1

D Highton 13.1 4 35 1

M Buckley 4 0 13 0 

Wood Cup Semi Final and Final
Monday, 02 July 2012

The Wood Cup semi finals will now be played on 05/08/12 and the Final will be held at Middleton on 12/08/12.

The Management Committee have yet to decide when the Burton Cup will be played.

Royton 30.6.12
Monday, 02 July 2012

Weather reigns on Middleton's parade

A wet weekend saw a reduced overs match and a draw at Royton on Saturday and a complete washout for the main event on Sunday, the Wood Cup semi-final against Rochdale at Towncroft.

The cup-tie will now be played on August 5, which was the original date pencilled in for the final. The new date for the final will be announced shortly.

Middleton v Royton Saturday June 30 2012

RAIN won the day on Saturday at the Paddock, writes Rod Highton.

Just 10 minutes before the start of play the rain came and the players eventually took the field at 3.30 in what had become a 30-over game.

Middleton won the toss and chose to bat. Scott Stanworth and Skipper Steve Davey put together a stand of 61 in 16 overs in difficult conditions and a rain break of 20 minutes before Stanworth (23) danced down the track to Royton's professional Mohamed Khan and was stumped by Craig Joy. Without addition to the score, Davey followed Stanworth back to the pavilion when he was bowled by Mark Woodward for 32.

Middleton's professional Michael Smith and Tom Hardman started sedately with both batsmen getting themselves in before the rain came again and tea was taken.

After tea both batsmen started to take the attack to Royton and put together a superb stand of 93 off just 73 balls  and in the last ten overs the pair added 88 runs which took Middleton up to  154 before Khan picked up both batsmen.

Smith was caught by Khurrum Hussain for 49 off 36 balls. His innings included three sixes and three fours.

Hardman was caught by Woodward for 41 off 45 balls with including five fours. Quite a decent total and one that was going to prove a challenge for  Royton.

Royton had progressed to 10 for nought off just over three overs before the rain came again and this time there was to be no return as the umpires had no choice but to abandoned the game with both teams picking up two points.

Great credit must be given to Royton and both umpires in trying to get the game played but unfortunately the rain was the winner again.


S Stanworth st Joy b Khan 23

S Davey b Woodward 32

M Smith ct Hussain b Khan 49

T Hardman ct Woodward b Khan 41

G Jones not out 0

D Core not out 0

Extras 9 Total 154 FOR 4 (30 overs)


A Good 3 0 16 0

M Smith 7 1 21 0

M Khan 12 1 43 2

M Woodward 2  0 10 1

L Brown 3 1 20 0

A Durose 3 0 40 0


L Mason not out 6

C Mcdonnell not out 3

Extras 1 Total 10 for 0


Z Zamna 2 0 4 0

T Hardman 1.1 0 5 0



Saturday, 30 June 2012
THE full 20/20 quarter final draw is: Clifton v Middleton, Heywood v Monton, Littleborough v Oldham and Werneth v Milnrow.
Twenty 20 Quarter Final
Saturday, 30 June 2012

Middleton are through to the quarter finals of the Twenty 20 Competition and will

play away at Clifton on Friday 6th July, 2012.

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