Match report for 1st game of the Season
Monday, 22 April 2019
Please find below the match report done by our scorer Rod Highton

 

Middleton v Great Harwood

 

Middleton began their season with a superb 76 runs victory against Great Harwood on the glorious day at Towncroft.

Skipper Dale Highton won the toss and elected to bat to the delight of his teammates.

The returning Grant Jones and Leighton Le Carpentier opened the batting and put on a stand of 64 aided by some useful extras before Jones was unluckily given out lbw for 30 just has he was getting in to his stride.

James Tierney didn't last long before being out for 1 with the score on 79 and Professional Chris Williams fell for ball and Middleton had slumped to 80/3.

New signing Richard Dempster joined Le Carpentier and together they took the score to 121 before Dempster was caught behind by Armer .off the bowling of Great Harwood Professional De Silva for 13 another returning player Martin ( Malcolm ) Roberts aided Le Carpentier to put on a stand of 33 before Le Carpentier fell for an excellent 53 his first half century at first level also caught behind off Maher. Roberts was next to go with the score on 184 .

Danny Royle joined Rhys Tierney and the put on a quicktime 30 in 3 overs before Royle was lbw for 12 by this time Tierney was in full flow  playing some excellent shots none more so than 2 huge 6s as Middleton finished on 235/9 with Tom Rutter scoring 3 Addison Holland being bowled first ball and Tierney (41) and Highton (1) both finishing not out. 

A decent total which was assisted by some wayward bowling with a total of 60 extras being conceded.

 

Great Harwood opened with Bunn and Oddie but Middleton struck early when Dempster with the last ball of the second over had Bunn well caught by Rutter and Great Harwood were 7/1.

The score had reached 30 when Williams bowled Ali for 5 and two balls later had Professional De Siva lbw with out scoring to make up for his earlier disappointment. Armer was next to go for 12 with the score on 55 well caught by James Tierney in the deep off Highton and it became worse for Great Harwood the very next ball when Highton  caught and bowled the Great Harwood skipper Paul Holdsworth to leave them struggling on 55/5.

To their credit they began to rebuild and Oddie and Hussain put on a stand of 67 before Oddie was well stamped down the leg side by Le Carpentier off Highton for an excellent 64 with 12 X 4s. Briggs managed to hang around as Hussain tried to set about the Middleton attack when just after reaching his half century off 60 balled with 7 X 4s and 1 X 6 he attempted a sucidal round and was easily run out. Briggs was run out for 3. Basharat was easily caught by Royle off Dempster before Holland rapped things up with the score on 159 when he bowled Maher for 0.

A promising fist game and victory for Middleton with everyone chipping in and apart from a couple of dropped catches an excellent fielding performance.