When Middleton travelled to Findon in Sussex League division two, the temperature was as high as it has been all season – so it was a bit of a surprise that on winning the toss, Findon captain James Iago invited Middleton to have first use of the wicket.
The decision looked a good one, however, when in the first over, Iago had Ben Hansford caught with the score on just four.
Jack Lerwill joined Rob Willway and they put on 84, Lerwill in particular in superb form, hitting ten fours in his 48.
Rob Willway followed having scored 46, with the score on 102.
Jamie Thompson, promoted in the order, and Jofra Archer shared a stand of 62 before Thompson was caught by Harry Metters of the bowling of John Rogers.
Will Burrows and Archer added 35 before a dreadful misunderstanding saw Archer send Burrows back when looking to complete a second run which ended with Burrows run out for 24.
Archer went for 48, but the Middleton tail is a long one this season and Anthony Ender batting at number seven smashed his way to 44, including four fours and two sixes. His innings enabled Middleton skipper Brandon Hanley to declare at the end of the 49th over with the score on 250 for eight.
Findon opener Bradley Bridson was bowled by Tommy Davies for two with the score on 12. But this was the last wicket to fall for some time as Jack Metters and Toby Kingsbury put together a partnership of 121.
Kingsbury was eventually bowled by Jamie Thompson for 35, but Metters continued to thwart the Middleton bowlers.He single-handedly held the Findon innings together, going on to score 115.
He was dropped three times during his innings but put his side in sight of victory on 222 by the time he was out.
Wickets continued to fall at the other end but Findon reached the final over of the game needing five and Harry Metters kept his calm seeing Findon home off the last ball.
Hanley finished with five for 65 but Findon took 26 much-needed points and Middleton were reflecting on their first defeat of the season.
Middleton will be keen to return to winning ways on Saturday when they entertain second-placed Billingshurst at Sea Lane.