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Hi Everybody, …

Hi Everybody,
 
Well following on from the excellent U11’s victory over  Chichester last week the U12’s took to the field for their  first West Sussex Shield league game of the season, in what can only  be described as very hot and summery conditions at the Sports  Club, and recorded a fine 4 wicket victory  over West Wittering. 
 
West Wittering 81-6
Middleton 83-6
 
Middleton won by 4 wickets.
 
Runs for Jack Dawling 21 no, Joe Hill 18, Lewis  Faint 11 no.
 
Fielding a team brimming with younger players,  9 of them playing above their age group, Middleton’s  bowlers contained West Wittering batsman for much  of their innings with strong all round bowling performances and some  excellent fielding over the 25 overs.
 
Restricting the opposition to 81 runs, wickets were shared  with Ollie Humphries taking 2 in 2 balls and only narrowly missing out on a  ‘hat trick’, with Jay Cockaday on his U12 debut, Joe Hill and Dominic  Hammond claiming a wicket each. Jess Young, also on her debut, bowled  well and recorded the only ‘maiden’ over of the innings. A devastating piece of  fielding by Ollie also resulted in a ‘direct’ run-out.
 
Middleton’s response was measured with Jack Dawling and Joe Hill pacing  themselves in an opening stand of 36. When Joe departed LBW for 18 wickets  started to fall and after Jack retired for 21 it was left to Jack Doe and Lewis  Faint to steer the team home with Jack hitting the winning boundary with 2 overs  to spare.
 
What a great all round team effort.
 
As has always been the case at Middleton it is important  that as hosts we make our guest opposition feel as welcome and comfortable  as possible during their time at our sports club and as such I once again give  my thanks to those parents who gave their  support on Sunday through scoring, organising the drinks, clearing up  or just simply applauding both sets of players for their efforts on the  pitch.
 
Hopefully we can continue this winning run in our next game which is this  coming Monday, 4th June, at the club against Bognor – I will confirm the  team based on the availability later today.
 
Best Regards
 
Mark
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