Cricket: Middleton colts make most of busy summer

Middleton's under-ten hardball cricket team
Middleton's under-ten hardball cricket team

Middleton Colts had a very busy few days, beginning with a rearranged match for the under-11 side against Findon, who won the toss, chose to bat and were all out for 61 after 16 overs.

Sam Bell, Dom Miller, Zak Cogger and James Carter each took two wickets and were well supported by Christian Bellamy and Sam Bell, who both scored 15 not out before Middleton reached 62 in 14 overs, winning the match by three wickets.

The softball under-tens team (187) beat West Wittering (186) by one run.

Middleton under -nines (180) lost at home to Findon (193) by 13 runs, while at Findon (159) the under-ten hardball team (162) won by three wickets against strong opposition.

It was a great all-round performance from the team, including two wickets for Zak Cogger, who also went on to achieve double-figure scores along with team-mates Owen Spicer, Charlie Broggi and Phoenix Ashworth.

The weekend ended with the under-11 shield side (133) playing at Pagham (205) against a strong side and losing by 72 runs. There were double-figure scores with the bat from Charlie Maginnis and Owen Spicer and wickets for Charlie Broggi and Daniel Kearns.

The under-11 shield side travelled to Broadwater Green, where they lost the toss and were put in, scoring 142. Despite accurate bowling from Luke Kearns and wickets for Harry Leaver and Daniel Kearns, Broadwater scored 196 and won by 54 runs.

At Findon the under-ten softball side were put in, leading to an opening partnership of 51 from Dill Howell and Charlie Maginnis (43 from 20 balls), ably supported by 23 from Owen Spicer and 17 from Charlie Broggi, who also took two for seven with the ball.

Middleton scored 225 to Findon’s 183 and won by 42 runs.

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Selsey Colts v West Wittering Colts

West Wittering were looking to get back to winning ways after slipping up at home to Worthing - and they did so in this match in dramatic fashion with a comprehensive victory.

Asked to bat first, they lost openers Bonar and Rhoder in the first two overs, bowled by Lee and Emerson respectively.

Things were steadied by Garnham and Fitzgerald who put on 20 before Fitzgerald was run out.

Skipper Sissons joined Garnham and quickly moved on to ten before controversially run out.

Caddy went first ball, bowled by Clark, but Standing calmed things down with an assured 14. Garnham retired on 26 and Smith played a few lovely shots on the way to 16.

He and Standing were bowled and Tongue bludgeoned a series of boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 19. Hudson went first ball but ten-year-old Alex Caddy remained not out on four in a total of 143 - the highest total this season.

Selsey openers Senior and Lee started well but once Bonar had bowled Lee and Sissons trapped Clark lbw, it was all downhill for the home side. Standing took a superb catch to remove Senior, Bonar picked up his third wicket and took a catch off Fitzgerald and Garnham took two quick wickets and Hudson his first wicket for the club with a fine caught and bowled.

Tongue took the last wicket, leaving Selsey on 46 all out and giving West Wittering a win by 97 runs and keeping them second.