Worthing visit is Manor from heaven for Middleton

Middleton bowler Jamie Thompson   Picture by Louise Adams
Middleton bowler Jamie Thompson Picture by Louise Adams

Middleton completed a Sussex League division-two double over Worthing with a comfortable five-wicket win at the Manor Sports Ground.

Having won the toss, Middleton chose to bowl first and just 12 runs were on the board when Brandon Hanley removed opener Lewis for no score. Matt Green (30) and Nick Oxley (28) took the score to 58 before the pair, as well as Benn Challen, were removed within the space of two runs, leaving Worthing 60 for four.

Nick Ballamy (60) led the recovery for Worthing and received support from Altis and Wood to push the score beyond 150.

The final three wickets were taken for just eight runs, ending Worthing’s innings on 162 all out after 42.5 overs. The pick of the bowlers for Middleton was Keelan Shoulders with three for 30, with Hanley, Rob Willway and Anthony Ender all finishing with two each.

In reply Middleton made a good start, Sean Heather and Willway determined not to give their wickets away. The opening stand was worth 84 runs before Willway (40) was lbw to Ballamy (3-16).

Heather passed 50 but went shortly after, another victim of Ballamy, for a well-made 55. A slight wobble in the Middleton middle order led to the visitors losing Jack Lerwill (28), Jofra Archer (0) and Ben Hansford (7) with just 12 being added.

But from 148 for five, Will Burrows and Jamie Thompson both finished unbeaten – knocking off the further 15 runs required to win with more than 13 overs remaining.

Results elsewhere mean Middleton remain 79 points clear of second-placed Billingshurst, but have stretched the gap from third place to 115 points.

Crowhurst Park are the visitors to Sea Lane this Saturday, looking to avenge their seven-wicket defeat to Middleton earlier in the season.

Meanwhile Middleton’s second XI completed a similar five-wicket win at home to Worthing, which sees them replace Worthing at the top of their league.