Middleton CC sealed a top four finish in the Sussex Premier Division after a comfortable five wicket win over Mayfield.
Sean Heather’s side have been in excellent form all season, pushing many more established top level sides all the way in a series of close matches.
Central to that form has been Middleton’s batting, with the skipper and overseas player, Mahesh Rawat, racking up close to 2,000 runs between them over the course of 17 games.
It has been enough to see the pair finish first and second in the Premier Division batting rankings, with the Indian streaks ahead at the top of the charts.
In total, Rawat scored 1,041 runs at an average of close to 150 – an astonishing record for a batter who has made the number five spot his own.
The Indian, who is in his second season at Sea Lane, was the star once again in the victory at relegated Mayfield last weekend.
After putting in the hosts, Middleton’s Jack Carson (3-49) made quick inroads into the home side’s line up, reducing them to 29-3.
But as was the case in the return fixture, Sri Lankan Kaushal Silva proved to be a difficult nut to crack.
The number three anchored the Mayfield’s innings, scoring 90 off 88 balls before being the ninth man out for the home side.
By that time Mayfield had reached 197, with the final pair adding eight more runs to set Middleton 206 to win.
In reply, the visitors looked to be struggling when Heather (24) fell with the score at 40-4.
But Rawat found a capable partner in Carson, with the pair putting on 98 for the fifth wicket to put Middleton well on their way.
When Carson fell for 47, they were still 67 runs short.
But the Indian kept on pushing, hitting a quick-fire unbeaten 80 off 71 balls to guide them home.
With East Grinstead and Preston Nomads both slipping up, it saw Middleton jump up to fourth in the standings – an excellent return for the club.