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MCC’s wait for win continues

Middleton will be looking to end a five match run without a win when they welcome Cuckfield to Sea Lane tomorrow (11.30am).


After starting the Sussex Premier Division with three wins, Sean Heather’s side have fallen off the pace, losing three with no result in the other two.


Despite this month-long wait for a victory, Middleton remain fourth in the ten team division, with the halfway point of the season nearing.


Heather will hope his side can rediscover their winning form again this weekend when fifth-place Cuckfield head to the Sussex coast.


With three points separating the two sides, victory for either will push them upwards.


Middleton will be looking for their overseas player, Mahesh Rawat, to continue his fine form and fire them to victory.


The Indian wicket keeper-batsman fired an unbeaten 151 in last weekend’s draw at title-chasing Roffey.


After winning the toss, Heather elected to bat and take advantage of the rule which allowed them to bat for more than half of the 110 overs on offer.


They got off to a poor start as opener Jack Dawling (5) and Mason Robinson (1) were both back in the shed with 20 scored.


When Harry Hovey (12) fell with the score doubled, Middleton needed to rebuild. Rawat and skipper Heather did just that, putting on 55 before the captain was bowled for 34.


The Indian just kept on firing though, stepping up his scoring to smash 18 fours and five sixes in a tally of 151* in Middleton’s score of 262-8.


In reply, the visitors made an excellent start taking the scalp of Roffey’s Australian opener, Ben Manenti, with no score on the board.


They managed to rally, reaching 212-5 and looking well-placed to get the win.


But Middleton’s bowlers hit back, taking four wickets for four runs to put them in with a chance of victory before the overs ran out.


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