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Middleton out to bounce back with Nomads next

Middleton CC are looking to return to winning ways in the Sussex Premier Division as they look to bounce back from a 56-run loss to bottom-side Eastbourne.


Sean Heather’s side head to Preston Nomads tomorrow (11.30am) looking to continue their good start to the season.


Three wins from four have left Middleton sitting in third place in what looks to be a competitive division.


But Heather’s side missed out on the opportunity to go top when they came out on the wrong side of a runfest at the Sports Ground in Sea Lane.


It means that Middleton head to Nomads tomorrow with an identical record to their fourth-placed hosts.


Heather will be hoping that his bowlers fare a little better than last weekend when Eastbourne defied their place in the table to smash the home side’s attack to all parts of the ground in scoring 372-8.


After being put into bat the visitors’ opener James Hockley quickly set about the Middleton attack.


By the time Heather’s side made the breakthrough with Matthew Reynolds trapping Malcolm Johnson LBW (21), Hockley had already reached his half century in a total of 77-1.


He continued to get on the front foot, adding 59 with Eastbourne skipper Jacob Smith (35) before being joined by Alastair Orr.


The pair then put their foot down, before Hockley eventually fell for 119 off 104 balls when Mahesh Rawat snapped up a chance off the bowling of Harry Hovey.


Orr then kept on the scoring, reaching his own century as he hit ten fours and four sixes in his total of 116 off 84 balls before being dismissed in the final over of the innings.


Tommy Davies (3-62) was the pick of the Middleton bowlers as the visitors posted a mammoth total.


Heather’s side set about their task with real intent as Hovey (63) and the skipper (46) added 113 for the opening wicket.


The fall of Hovey though saw Middleton lose three quick wickets with overseas player Rawat and Patrick Colvin forced to rebuild.


They did with style adding 155 for the fourth wicket before Colvin (72) was caught off the bowling of David Twine (4-62).


Rawat (81 off 72 balls) then fell one run later with the Indian’s departure all but ending Middleton’s hopes.


Only Will Burrows (13) could then reach double figures as Heather’s side were dismissed for 316 with nearly four overs still to play – 56 runs adrift of the Eastbourne tally.

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