U12 Sussex Junior Cricket Festival Report

Well what can you say about last week’s U12 Sussex  Festival apart from it being incredibly successful, on and off the  pitch, and a week of cricket played in glorious sunshine for  pretty much it’s duration.

With Friday’s excellent win over East Preston our young side consolidated  3rd place with 122 points, a mere 17 behind Stirlands and 29 adrift of the  eventual winners of our league, Goring. To demonstrate what an achievement  this was is that probably another 25 runs or so more than the 66 we scored in our innings against Goring on day 1 could have resulted in us  winning that match and the division ourselves.
A truly incredible all round team performance with every player  playing their part during the week.
The 30 run victory against East Preston on Friday demonstrated this team  effort with runs coming from Jack Dawling (39), Ollie Humphries (31), Joe Hill  and Lewis Faint (22) and Jack Doe (17) with Arron Tester also batting well at  number 8. On the bowling front Sam Bell and Ben Taylor picked up 2 wickets  each, whilst Jack, Lewis, Jay Cockaday, Matt Bellamy and Joe all took 1 a  piece. Even Christian Bellamy on as 12th man ran out a batsman with a direct hit  from the deep.
All of this resulted in Middleton scoring 156-6 off their 37 overs and  bowling out the opposition for 126 with an over to spare.
Real strength in depth from a group of players who have performed as  a collective having developed and matured as a squad over the  last week.
During the week our players scored 739 runs, an average of 148 per  game, and took 37 wickets which resulted in a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and the  solitary loss – this from a squad performing in an U12 Festival with  only three 12 year olds and the rest of the players between 9 and 11.
Wow – do things look good for the future of Middleton CC!
The sporting and well spirited manner our players played in throughout  the 5 games was recognised by all concerned and this is an important element of  Middleton’s approach to cricket that we will never compromise.
Once again my thanks to all those parents who provided the wonderful teas,  for driving our team to those away games, for helping with the scoring (I’m  sure some of the parents learnt an awful amount about the game this week!) and  for the generous and fair support you gave to Middleton and the  opposition teams.
Likewise a big thankyou to Pete, Rob and their team for  preparing such excellent wickets for our home games.
Look forward to seeing you all at training tomorrow.
 Best Regards, Mark

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