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Three Bridges next for MCC

Middleton CC will be looking to keep up their strong start to the season when they welcome struggling Three Bridges to Sea Lane tomorrow (11.30am).


Sean Heather’s side are on a run of three games unbeaten after a three wicket win over bottom side Mayfield last weekend.


The 30 point haul on home turf kept Middleton in fourth spot in the Sussex Premier Division, in touching distance of the top three.


Heather will want to see another all-round display from his side as they dominated Mayfield from the off.


After losing the toss, Middleton soon restricted the visitors to 19-4 as the visitors could not cope with the pace of Russell Talman.


The opening bowler finished with figures of 6-53 from 13 overs as he took charge with the ball.


Only Sri Lankan opener Kaushal Silva showed any resistance for the visitors as the test batsman showed his class in scoring a century.


He ended with 114 from a total score of 213 all out, before he was the last man out, being stumped by Mahesh Rawat off the bowling of Craig Fowle (3-88).


In reply, Middleton got off to a strong start as Heather (45) and Harry Hovey (47) scored 76 for the first wicket.


Matthew Reynolds (13) continued to contribute and at 127-2, with Heather and Rawat at the crease, the home side looked all but home and dry.


But a mini collapse followed as the skipper, the Indian batsman (19) and Patrick Colvin (5) falling to James Allen (5-81).


That left Middleton at 140-5, which quickly became 167-7 after Adam Rawstrone (12) and Chris Spedding(11) were dismissed.


But Talman (32*) and Fowle (16*) put on an unbeaten 50 for the eighth wicket to guide them home.

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