Well today saw the first game of this year’s U16 Sussex Junior Cricket Festival with Middleton travelling to take on a strong Goring side.
Result: Middleton won by 106 runs.
Middleton 228-4: Jack Dawling 128 not out, Lewis Faint 22, Elliot Hayden 21.
Goring 122 all out: George Fountain 3-5, Charlie Maginnis 2-22, Matt Lee 2-25, Lewis Faint 2-31.
With the sun beating down on a decent wicket, winning the toss, Middleton decided to bat first.
A lively Goring opening bowling pairing were finding an interesting level of bounce in the Goring wicket however, following a rapid 30 opening partnership between Jack Dawling and Ben Peach, Middleton began to take control.
Elliot Hayden, making his debut for Middleton, joined Jack at the crease and with the run rate at over 6 an over a substantial score was always on the cards.
Elliot was dismissed for 21 to be replaced by Lewis Faint, who scored a quick 22, and a solid knock by Matt Pearce (9) demonstrated the excellent progress he has made this season.
Boundaries were flowing now and Jack reached his century with a cover drive for 4 before declaring after 38 overs on 228-4 still at the crease on 128 not out, with Ben Taylor 8 not out.
Goring commenced their run chase in fine fashion with a 59 opening partnership however first change bowler George Fountain struck with the last ball before drinks.
Lewis cleaned bowled Goring’s dangerous opening batsman soon after and from that point onwards Middleton’s bowlers took control.
With George’s figures being the pick of the bunch – 7 overs, 4 maidens, 3 for 5 – the rest of the wickets were shared with Lewis, Charlie Maginnis and Matt Lee all taking 2, complimented by a great run out by festival debutant Fraser Gamblin.
Goring were eventually dismissed for 122 which sees Middleton sitting joint top of the league tonight with Arundel on a healthy 40 points.
Let’s not forget this is a Middleton team playing in the U16 festival consisting of no U16 players, 6 U15’s, 1 U14 and the rest U13 – a quite remarkable start.
Anyway we have a long week ahead with 4 more games to play so it’s off to Eastergate tomorrow for another away game for what no doubt will be an interesting dual between 2 sides who know each other well.