SJCF U12 match reports..thanks to Richard Leaver

U12 festival day one- worthing cc (away) 
A rain free but nevertheless blustery day at worthing cc for our first match of the week. The weather didn’t deter the boys as both teams approached the match with smiles on their faces.
Middleton batted first with George fountain and Thomas Robinson our opening pair. Sound defence and good selection of the bad ball resulted in a strong opening partnership of 40+. Such a strong platform for the rest of the team to build on. Once George and Thomas had fallen then this brought Owen Spicer and Charlie Maginnis to the crease. Both looked eager to score and developed an excellent partnership, coming very close to achieving a century partnership between them. Very well done to them both,they both scored half centuries and thoroughly deserved the applause from the rest of the team. Zak Cogger completed the run scoring with a quick cameo and saw us home to maximum batting points and an innings score of 196.
And so Middleton took to the field after an excellent worthing cc tea,giving umpires,scorers and supporters a chance to warm up. Harry and Monty opened the bowling. Some useful pace and occasional opportunities were successful in limiting the runs. No wickets yet. Middleton varied the bowlers with Ben Mackley,Jonny Simmons and Ben Purkis all having their chance. The best period followed,with Rhys Nicholas and Zak Cogger showing that pace isn’t always the prime option. 8 wickets fell in this period and both bowlers kept things accurate and enticing. There were stumpings,run outs,clean bowled and some really great catches. George took a simple catch at gully, Thomas Robinson an excellent low catch at mid wicket but the ‘champagne moment’ goes to George Fountain. Fielding at slip,he dived two feet to his right to take a catch in mid air,reminiscent of Strauss in the Ashes! 
Worthing bowled out for 86. Maximum batting and bowling points for Middleton. Well played boys. Littlehampton at home today
U12 festival week Day Two: littlehampton at msc.
Back on home turf and glimpses of sunshine. Middleton lost the toss and Littlehampton elected to field. Monty and Zak opened and began scoring steadily, some good running for ones and twos. A run out and a clean bowled made things interesting for Littlehampton. George fountain batted steadily again, just missing out on his half century when caught at deep mid wicket for 49.  More runs for Owen,a nice 19 from Harry and great support from others. The best of the batting was with Charlie,solid and attacking and ending with an unbeaten 50. Well played. We closed the innings with Ben Purkis and Thomas robinson looking composed, Thomas reaching 25 not out. Middleton declared on 200 with wickets and overs to spare. 
Middleton’s bowling and fielding was confident. It wasn’t long before the wickets began to fall. Excellent to see everyone contributing. Ben Purkis with two wickets and Rhys Nicholas with more good bowling,following yesterday’s 4 wicket haul. Owen, relieved of his wicket keeping duty bowled usefully for two wickets. Littlehampton’s last pair put on a defiant 17 but ultimately littlehampton were bowled all out for 76. Ben Mackley finishing off the last batsman.
Another Middleton win,well played boys. Maximum batting and bowling points. 

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