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Middleton still waiting for win

Bottom side Middleton CC are seeking a much-needed win to revive their Sussex Premier Division campaign.

 

Sean Heather’s side are yet to find their feet in the county’s top competition and currently sit adrift at the foot of the table.

 

Last weekend’s six wicket loss to Eastbourne at Sea Lane was the third in the row for Middleton. But they can drag themselves off the foot of the table tomorrow if they can seal a positive result away at second-bottom Cuckfield (12pm).

 

With just 13 points separating them from fourth-bottom Ifield, a 25 point win could see Heather’s side zoom up the ladder.

 

Middleton will be hoping to see more of the same from Indian overseas player Mahesh Rawat, who scored his first century for the club against Eastbourne.

 

The wicketkeeper’s score of 100 not out anchored the innings for the home side. But, with only three other players reaching double figures, Heather’s side could only reach 208 before being dismissed in the 49th over.

 

In reply, Eastbourne skipper Jacob Smith led from the front with a stellar knock of 75 helping the visitors reach the total with six wickets to spare. Russell Talman (1-37) was the pick of the Middleton bowlers.

 

In Division Two, Chichester Priory Park face a tough task when they travel to third-placed Three Bridges tomorrow (12.30pm).

 

Jay Hartard’s side are unbeaten in two after a creditable draw with Ansty last time out at Goodwood. A 151-run fourth wicket stand for the visitors looked to have put them in the driving seat.

 

But Chi’s bowlers hit back to four wickets for just 17 and restrict Ansty to 210 for 7 in 53 overs.

 

In reply, Jes Goode (36) and Sam Caldera (63) put on 86 for the opening wicket. But Priory were unable to string any more partnerships together and could only reach 171 for 6 before time ran out.

 

In Division Three, Pagham are seeking their second win in a row when they welcome Three Bridges seconds to Nyetimber Lane tomorrow (12.30pm).

 

Stuart Hanks’ XI will be buoyed after a remarkable nail-biting victory away at Goring last weekend.

 

A mammoth batting effort by number six Rico Webb (64) and David Leader at eight (41) took Pagham to 148 all out.

 

Webb then took on the Goring batters head on, taking four for 60. With Justin Webb (5-56) taking care of matters at the other end, Goring were bowled out for 142 to seal a six run victory for the Nyetimber Lane side.

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