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Middling Middleton stuck in mid-table

Middleton will aim to show they are the best of the rest in the ECB Premier in what is expected to be a tightly-fought contest at East Grinstead this weekend.

 

The two clubs are separated by just four points and one position in the table after 10 games and will both be desperate to claim maximum points if they have any hopes of cutting the gap to the top three.

 

Middleton’s hopes of breaking away from a congested mid table were dealt a blow in a tight, high-scoring game against Three Bridges last time out.

 

The home side set a challenging target of 235 thanks to some quick scoring from opener Harry Hovey (61 from 56 balls) and wicketkeeper Mahesh Rawatt (94 off just 64 balls) and a more doughty 35 not out from Matthew Reynolds who kept the innings on track as wickets started to fall.

 

And hopes for a home victory were raised further still when early breakthroughs rocked Three Bridges’ chase to leave them three down with only 55 on the board.

 

But a patient partnership between middle order pair Joe Walker and the aptly named David Winn put the north Sussex side in total command.

 

Three late Craig Fowle wickets (3-51) briefly put the outcome back in doubt but ultimately it was too little, too late, and Three Bridges claimed the 28 points by four wickets to move within 21 points, but still four places, of their hosts in an increasingly congested middle.

 

East Grinstead head into the game on the back of a three match unbeaten streak following an impressive six-wicket victory over Preston Nomads.

 

Middleton will be wary of East Grinstead wicketkeeper-batsman Leo Cammish, who led the successful chase with a well-paced 84 not out while former Sussex seamer Lewis Hatchett opens their bowling.

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