Good Morning Everyone,
Well although our first 2 matches have ended in the narrowest of losses those who have witnessed the performances would probably judge that on both occasions our incredibly young team have been the better side.
Let’s not forget over the past 2 days we have fielded only 4 players aged 11, with the rest of the team consisting of 8-10 year olds, in the Bowl which is the strongest U11’s festival standard.
Having put Steyning into bat on Monday it appeared the game would be over by 3.30pm with our visitors struggling on 35-6 however in true Middleton spirit of fair play we wanted to ensure the game was enjoyed by everyone and with all of our fielders given the opportunity to bowl Steyning were eventually dismissed for 83 runs.
Excellent bowling performances all round with Ben Taylor, Sam Bell and Ollie Humphries taking 2 wickets each, ably supported by Jay Cockaday, Lewis Faint and Mathew Bellamy securing 1 a piece. Arron Tester’s agility in the field also resulting in a brilliant run-out.
Middleton’s reply saw a couple of early wickets go down and although runs from Ben Taylor (18), Jack Dawling (17) and Ollie Humphries (16) looked to have steered Middleton to victory the innings ended on 75, a mere 8 runs short of victory. Steyning’s use of only 6 bowlers versus our 10 demonstrates the strength in depth we have and perhaps the nature in which we played the game.
Anyway hey ho – 10 minutes after the game our boys had moved on and were all in the nets having fun for an hour and a half!
Yesterday’s game at Broadwater began as Monday’s did but it was Middleton who were batting first this time and after losing 2 wickets in the first over it looked like we would be home by 3.30pm!
However Jack Dawling (59) and Christian Bellamy (16) steaded the ship with a 29 partnership and when Christian was out brother Matthew (16) supported Jack in building a very decent score for the side. When Jack was caught in the last over for 59 Middleton had finished on 110 for 9 which posed a good challenge for Broadwater.
Another execllent bowling and fielding performance put Middleton on top from the outset with Jay Cockaday taking 4 wickets for 12 runs (a clean bowled, one catch and 2 stumpings), ably supported by Sam, Ollie, Matthew and Ben who took 1 a piece.
When it looked like our boys were about to claim maximum points with only 2 wickets required they were very unlucky to have strong appeals for dismissals turned down and as such Broadwater passed our total winning by the slimmest of margins.
2 excellent performances now put us in great shape to play Chichester today at Middleton and our final fixture away at Findon on Friday.
With a team spirit which is second to none and ability throughout the team to match I am more than confident that we will finish the week on a high.