Well what a perfect day yesterday turned-out to be.
There are few things that beat a lazy summer’s afternoon at the club however when you add into the mix beautiful weather, a fine victory over a strong Chichester team, everybody enjoying themselves and Marmite sandwiches for tea what else do you need from life!
The boys put their recent narrow loss behind them with an outstanding 42 run victory over a talented Chichester side consisting of all 11 year olds.
Fielding a team which again only featured 4 players aged 11 Middleton won the toss and opted to bat first. Against a Western Warriors opening bowling attack Middleton lost 2 early wickets and it required Ollie Humphries and Christian Bellamy to steady the ship with a fine 68 run partnership.
When Christian was bowled for 14 and Ollie departed for an excellent 46 Ben Taylor (29) and Mathew Bellamy (24 no) continued to build on their fine work and when Ben was eventually caught Middleton declared with the score on 153 – 6, the highest score posted by any team in our league this week by some considerable distance.
After Marmite sandwiches and an all round excellent tea was were devoured Middleton got off to an excellent start with Sam Bell dismissing Chichester’s opening batsman with the second ball of the new innings. However a strong second wicket stand of 58 meant that our visitors were still very much in the game and when the breakthrough eventually came Middleton’s bowlers slowly began to get on top.
Excellent bowling from Jay Cockaday (2-16), Ben Taylor (3-22), Sam Bell (2-13) and Matt Bellamy (2-17) saw the dismissal of 2 key batsman rapidly followed by a flurry of wickets including 6 catches, 1 stumping and 3 clean bowled and with 3 overs remaining Chichester had been dismissed for 111. Least we forget Phoenix Ashworth’s accurate bowling spell which had players 3 years older than him under pressure throughout.
And as for the fielding – well 6 catches says it all whilst a mere 6 wides were bowled in 27 overs.
35 maximum points were secured pushing us into 2nd place in the league and with our final game tomorrow at Findon another victory could consolidate that position.
Make no bones about it this was a tremendous victory for our young team – Jay opening the bowling, Phoenix coming on third bowling change, Christian holding himself at number 4 in the batting order 2 days running, Arron as always so busy in the field. It could be said that Jack and Ollie are looking like veterans in this team!
A big thank you to Peter for preparing another superb wicket for the boys to play on.
And so we move onto tomorrow at Findon for the final game of this year’s festival – with the team spirit that exists within this team (and the parents!) what great shape we are in.
Due to work commitments I’ll be at Findon later in the afternoon therefore Brian will be managing matters in my absence – hence if there are any doubts concerning the weather then please call Brian on 07763 815743 from say 12.15 onwards by which time he will have been contacted by Findon’s manager.
Let’s finish on a high and most importantly enjoy the afternoon.
See you tomorrow.