MIDDLETON CC will be looking to bounce back to winning ways after coming up just short in a three-wicket loss to Preston Nomads.
Sean Heather’s side looked in the driving seat after winning the toss and posting 232 for 8, with Angus Robson top-scoring with 49.
But Nomads showed the form which has seem them thrive in the Sussex Premier League in recent seasons, chasing down the total with three wickets to spare as time ticked down.
Opener Nathan Poole proved to be the match-winner, carrying his bat in an unbeaten 96* in the chase as the home side’s bowlers struggled to take wickets when they needed them. Heather used eight bowlers as he searched for the right formula.
It was a tough loss for mid-table Middleton who have been extremely competitive since winning promotion to the top flight last term.
Heather’s side return to action tomorrow (12pm) as they welcome in-form Roffey to the Sports Ground.
With the visitors winning four out of their past five, Middleton will need to show their fighting spirit if they are to get anything from the match.