Middleton’s U12’s recorded a close fought victory over Littlehampton this weekend to strengthen their position at the top of the Indoor league with just one game to go.
Middleton won by 7 runs.
Runs for Lewis Faint 21 n.o, Jack Dawling 20 n.o. and Ben Peach 20 n.o.
An excellent opening partnership between Jack and Ben Peach, well supported by Lewis at number 3, looked like setting-up Middleton for another big score however some tight bowling by Littlehampton in the later stages of the innings eventually restricted the score to 99.
Defending a score of under a hundred meant that Middleton needed to concentrate fully on their bowling and fielding and although Littlehampton threatened for much of their innings to reach their target gradually Middleton got on top of things.
Some impressive bowling from Sam, Matt, both Ben’s and Lewis was complimented with 2 run-outs and a fine stumping by Jack from Ben Taylor’s bowling was witnessed however Littlehampton still only required a very ‘gettable’ 10 runs off the last over.
Over to Sam Bell who, ably supported by some incredible fielding, under pressure bowled a wonderfully controlled last over conceding a mere 3 runs steering the team to a close 7 run victory.
Once again many thanks to all the parents who supported – helmets will be supplied for each of you in future! – and to Iain for scoring.