Cricket: The only way is up for Middleton

Tommy Davies couldn't find a breakthrough against St James  Picture by Louise Adams
Tommy Davies couldn't find a breakthrough against St James Picture by Louise Adams

Newly-promoted Middleton hosted St James in division two of the Sussex League hoping for their first victory of the season - but were left disappointed.

The visitors elected to bat and openers Michael Murray (41) and Sam Chettleburgh (16) made a half-century stand for the first wicket as the home side had to wait for the breakthrough.

Three wickets fell quickly as Bunker and Searle left St James in trouble at 71 for three. Mike Edmonds came in and timed the ball well in his innings of 59 off 56 balls.

He was eventually dismissed by Rob Willway who finished, like Bunker, with two wickets. The visitors declared one over early on 236 for six.

Middleton donned the pads hoping for a solid start from their new opening pair of Hansford and Burrows.

Hansford (77) again proved his talent as he dispatched the St James attack to all parts, but the other Middleton players didn’t live up to the same standards.

After the dismissal of Hansford on 126 for four, a procession of batsmen followed him back to the pavilion as the home side played themselves out of a win.

Despite some last-ditch heroics from Jamie Thompson (65), who nearly won them the game, Middleton again failed to deliver a win.

The match ended drawn yet a missed run out and dropped catch in the last three balls meant Middleton will come away thankful they didn’t lose. The result leaves Middleton bottom of the league with three draws and a loss from four games.