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Middleton break their duck as skipper Heather leads the way

Middleton CC head to Brighton & Hove tomorrow (12pm) in the Sussex Premier Division looking to follow up an excellent 70-run win over reigning champions East Grinstead.


Skipper Sean Heather led the way in sealing the club’s first win of the season, taking four for 26 as the visitors were all out for just 125.


Middleton now travel to second-place Brighton & Hove, looking to chalk up back-to-back wins in what is shaping up to be a very competitive division.


Things did not start too well for Heather’s side at Sea Lane last weekend. They chose to bat against an EG attack featuring former Sussex players Lewis Hatchett and Fynn Hudson-Prentice.


After a strong opening spell, Middleton were reduced to 55-4 as their early-season troubles with the bat continued.


But overseas player Mahesh Rawat showed his worth, producing a thrilling counter-attack to hit 63 from just 57 balls. His debut half-century for the club along with a contribution from Craig Fowle (28*) helped Middleton post 195 all out. In reply, Heather led the charge, with Fowle (2 for 17) and Nick Smith (2 for 6) chipping in as EG managed just 125.

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