Chichester Priory Park under-11s faced a West Wittering team without three top players, who had been called up to play for the Western Warriors.
Chichester’s bowlers were supported by excellent fielding, which kept the run rate down to around four per over for most of the Wittering innings. Joe Shepard and Max Benda got the innings off to a fine start until Sam Weller bowled Shepard for six. Edward Minto scored 11, before being caught at mid-on.
Benda retired on 14 before the Chichester fielding stepped up a notch, with JJ Buxton and the unlucky Sam Hancock being run out by Chichester keeper George Ellis-Millar.
Nick Fitzgerald finished the innings off with 11 not out and Chichester had to chase a score of 74 for four.
The batsmen struggled, quickly losing the wickets of Ollie Hawkins and Daniel Simms, but the game began to turn as Shivam Niak (6) and Jonathan Maynard (15) built partnerships with Sam Sutherland, who held the innings together with a solid 11.
When these were out, it looked like Chichester might collapse, but Charlie Cameron’s nine took them to the brink of victory before he was bowled by Sam Bradbury, who took two wickets from his two overs.
The umpires almost took the players off with one over remaining and Chichester just short of a winning score.
The final over saw West Wittering put pressure on the batsmen with a ring of fielders but Luke Chapple drove the ball into one of the few gaps to secure the winning run for Chichester.
Middleton’s under-12s played perhaps one of their most difficult matches of the season against Stirlands.
Stirlands put Middleton in and openers Jess Young and Rachel Kellagher battled solidly for the best part of four overs before Kellagher was bowled.
Young soon followed and the opening bowlers of Harry Moores and Seb Fecher were doing their job.
More wickets followed and it looked as though Middleton were going to post a score under 30. However James Carter, Aaron Tester and Sam Bell steadied the ship.
Bell put in a resilient performance and top-scored with 19. It was pleasing to see the team stayed in for the 20 overs and finished on 54 for seven.
The Stirlands bowlers Moores, Fecher, Tomkins and Barker were excellent.
With a tough task ahead of them, Middleton made a great start with Stirlands losing three wickets for only 11 runs with BenTaylor getting two.
But Harry Moores, with assistance from James Barker and Callum McKetterick, who hit a wonderful six, enabled Stirlands to reach the target after 12 overs. Moores top-scored with 18 and Stirlands finished on 55 for five.
Middleton under-nines, hosting Findon, batted first and made 164 for four, with useful contributions of 12 and nine from Will Fountain and Cameron Kearns.
Despite Findon’s R Knapp being run out from a throw from the boundary by Sam Green, Findon came steadily back. A four and a single off the last two balls earned Findon a tie.
Middleton’s under-11 bowl team hosted Worthing Chippingdale. Middleton scored 102 for four after 18 overs, beating Chippingdale who were on 101 for four after 20.
Top scorers for Middleton were James Carter and Ted Eismark, both on 22.
In the shield competition Middleton lost to Pagham, managing 181 for eight after 20 overs to Pagham’s 226 for one.