Middleton make merry as Findon flop

Middleton headed to Findon expecting the home side to exact revenge after a one-sided affair last time the two teams met - but it didn’t turn out that way.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bowl, hoping to make early inroads into a batting line-up that had enjoyed some early-season success.

Tommy Davies has in recent weeks cast a rather disgruntled figure, but this time he was able to demonstrate self-expression in the form of taking wickets - something that has been missing of late.

Despite not taking a much sought-after five-wicket haul, he can take pride in dismissing four of Findon’s top six batsmen.

Middleton showed an uncharacteristic ruthlessness as they never let the batting side settle.

Captain Brandon Hanley wasn’t about to let his fellow opening bowler steal the show as he also helped himself to four scalps. Adam Rawstrone came on for a brief yet destructive three-over spell and took the final two Findon wickets.

The Findon scorecard was not a pretty sight as only one player, captain James Iago (24), registered a score in double figures.

A mix of classy bowling and poor shot selection was the home side’s downfall as they lost four wickets for just ten runs. Such was the dominance that Middleton used only three bowlers as Findon crawled to 51 off 24 overs.

It wouldn’t be a Middleton chase if there wasn’t some form of entertainment before a victory.

The top three of Burrows (2), Hansford (5) and Willway (9) didn’t have the impact they would have wanted but Towner (21) and Pat Colvin (8) saw Middleton record their first much-needed victory of the season.

The visitors reached their target after 17 overs having lost four wickets.

The result secured some daylight between Middleton and the two relegation places. They are on 19 points ahead of the team below (Pulborough) and only 11 points off a solid mid-table position.