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Middleton out to bounce back

Middleton CC will be looking to banish their batting woes as they look to drag themselves off the foot of the Sussex Premier Division.


Sean Heather’s side have been far from their best when out in the middle so far this campaign, failing to register a score above 200 in their five league matches.


Those woes continued last weekend when Middleton were defeated by nine wickets on the road at Preston Nomads.


Heather’s XI will be hoping they can find their form tomorrow when they welcome mid-table Eastbourne to Sea Lane (12pm).


With things tight in the Premier Division, Middleton know that a 30 point victory could see them leapfrog over the visitors – but only if they can get their batting sorted.


Last weekend’s match at Nomads summed up their campaign so far.


After being put into bat on one of the best squares in the county everyone but overseas player Mahesh Rawat struggled to get going.


The Indian’s 69 off 63 balls was Middleton’s only score of note as they were eventually dismissed for 149.


In reply, the Nomads’ opening pairing of Nathan Poole and Daniel Phillips made light work of the target, putting on 144 for the first wicket.


In Division Two, it’s fourth versus third as Bognor welcome Billingshurst to the Regis Oval tomorrow (12.30pm).


Ryan Maskell’s side will be looking to bounce back after losing out narrowly to Three Bridges last weekend.


After electing to field, Bognor’s bowlers led by Josh Sargeant (3-39) did well to restrict the home side to 160 all out.


But Regis struggled with the bat with only opener Charlie Laforet (40) really standing up to the Bridges bowlers. Bognor were eventually skittled out for 99, losing by 61 runs.


Elsewhere, in Division Three West, Pagham will be looking to end a three-match losing run when they head to second-placed Goring.


Stuart Hanks’ side have struggled in recent weeks and were soundly beaten by seven wickets at home to Slinfold last time out.


After being put in to bat at Nyetimber Lane, opener Jack Stannard (27), Ryan Barratt (34) and Hanks (28) all got starts but were unable to push on as Pagham were dismissed for 158 in the 45th over.


In reply, an excellent opening spell from Pagham’s Barbados-born Rico Webb could not halt Slinfold’s march to the total. The West Indian took 3 for 45 in his nine overs but it was not enough to prevent a seven wicket loss.

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