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Middleton aim for the top half

Middleton CC will want to end their season on a high – with Sean Heather’s side still in with a sniff of landing a top three finish.

 

After a fine first three months of the season, the Sea Lane club have stalled in recent weeks.

 

A 116-run defeat to champions elect Roffey last weekend makes it three games in a row without a win for Middleton.

 

That run of form at the crucial part of the campaign has seen Heather’s side slip from third down to sixth in the ten team Sussex Premier Division.

 

The club end their season tomorrow with a trip to already relegated Mayfield (11.30am).

 

With only 13 points separating Middleton from Three Bridges in third, Heather’s side know that a 30 point victory could propel them back up to the spots they have occupied for much of the campaign.

 

Heather knows his side will need to start the match on the front foot, something they struggled to do against a very strong Roffey side at Sea Lane last weekend.

 

After winning the toss, the visitors very quickly set about the home side’s attack with openers Theo Rivers (39) and Ben Manenti (69) putting on 109 for the first wicket.

 

Roffey’s middle order continued to keep up the pressure on Middleton’s attack, despite Heather chopping and changing his bowlers frequently.

 

Rohit Jagota (47), Mike Norris (46) and Matt Davies (32) all contributed, propelling the visitors beyond the 250 mark.

 

But the home side rallied with Russell Talman (3-40) and Matthew Reynolds (4-44) reducing Roffey from 257-4 to a final score of 288-9 off their 50 overs.

 

In reply, Middleton failed to really get going. Heather (29) and Mahesh Rawat (41) did their bit with the bat to try to keep the home side up with the run rate.

 

But once the Indian overseas player went with the score at 152-7 there was only ever going to be one winner.

 

Middleton were eventually dismissed for 172 off 38.3 overs.

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