Well Middleton U14’s excellent start to the season continued with a fine 9 wicket victory against Chichester at Priory Park yesterday.
With church bells peeling and the sun beating down on such wonderful surroundings it really was the most perfect of Sunday mornings, complimented by our guys recording a near perfect performance.
Chichester 53 all out (Ben Peach 2-4,Lewis Faint 2-7, Ben Taylor 1-1, George Fountain 1-6, Jack Doe 1-6, Phoenix Ashworth 1-6)
Middleton 56-1 (Jack Dawling 25 (retired not out), Jack Doe 16 not out, James Carter 6 not out)
As the figures reflect this was another incredibly strong all round team effort with wickets shared – every out field player bowled accurately with Chichester’s manager commenting on the fact that to have strength in bowling depth of this magnitude is probably unique in the county. (Reminiscent for those who remember of the West Indies teams from the 70s & 80’s when there was never any let up for the opposition batsmen!!)
George Fountain clean bowling Chichester’s key batsman third ball of the innings set the tone of the innings and with figures of 2-7 Lewis Faint’s excellent 3 overs bowling stint saw him on a hat-trick whilst Ben Peach completed things in great fashion by bowling 0.5 overs and taking 2 wickets for 4 runs.Mention must also be made of the strong bowling contributions made by Jay Cockaday and Dominic Millar who were both accurate and economic.
Middleton’s fielding performance was probably the strongest I have witnessed as manager of this squad and catches by James Carter and Sam Bell were quite simply outstanding – testimony to the ‘tennis ball challenge’ at training nights.
In true Middleton spirit they attempted to offer up Chichester a few extra runs to boost their total however the reality was that were just too strong on the day.
Claiming an early wicket Chichester’s Western Warrior opening bowling partnership were then put to the sword by Jack Dawling, who, ably supported by James Carter, hit a rapid 25 before retiring, to be replaced by Jack Doe who entered the arena with his new bat to finish the match in a flurry duly hitting a 6 and two 4’s!
A match played in a fantastic spirit with our friends in cricket from Chichester and most importantly contributed to and enjoyed by every one of our players.
Another outstanding performance by our U14’s which promises so much for this season.
We look forward to our next game in 2 weeks when we host Littlehampton in our first home game of the season, which is sure to be a tight match as games against them usually are, the team for which I will circulate over the next few days.