Well today saw the first game of this year’s U14 Sussex Junior Cricket Festival with Middleton taking on a strong Eastergate side at the Sports Club.
Result: Middleton Winning Draw.
Middleton 234: Jack Dawling 105, Jack Doe 37, Ben Peach 20.
Eastergate 195-8: Ben Taylor 2-24, Jack Dawling 2-26, Lewis Faint 2-29.
Despite the overcast conditions and occasional rain shower an entertaining afternoon’s cricket was witnessed at the club, played in a great spirit by the players from both sides with a veritable social gathering taking place on the boundary with the parents from both Middleton and Eastergate.
A 50 opening partnership between Jack Dawling and Ben Peach set things up for Middleton, after having been put in to bat by the opposition, and with the run rate approaching 6 an over a substantial score was always on the cards. Jack was eventually dismissed for 105, his first century scored at the club, (something I unfortunately never experienced in many years of playing for Middleton!) with Jack Doe then taking up the mantle, scoring a rapid 37 including a massive 6 into Don Hansford’s garden.
On his debut for the U14’s Charlie Maginnis looked full of confidence at the crease and was there at the end of the innings on 10 not out.
After a hearty tea Eastergate commenced their run chase however tight bowling spells from Sam Bell, Ben Taylor, Lewis Faint and Matt Bellamy ensured the opposition were never really going to threaten Middleton’s total. Although Ben, Jack and Lewis took 2 wickets each Eastergate hung on for their 40 overs and with Middleton requiring just 2 wickets for victory the innings came to a close.
However a winning draw leaves Middleton on a healthy 25 points and with 3 games still to play a place in the county final remains a real possibility if they apply themselves as they did today.
So it’s off to Priory Park to play our good friends from Chichester tomorrow for what is always an enjoyable and dare I say successful fixture for our guys to play in.
Thanks to all the parents for contributing to an exceptionally good spread for tea (yes I will be making more of those award winning Marmite sandwiches on Wednesday), to Debbie for her wonderful organisation, to Pete for all his help around the ground and to Mandy for scoring in what at times were quite challenging weather conditions.