Middleton’s winning streak came to an end as they were held to a draw at home to Lindfield in division two of the Sussex League.
With the sun out and the wicket looking flat, Middleton won the toss and decided to bat. Despite losing Sean Heather (6) early, Will Burrows and Jack Lerwill batted nicely and put on 96.
Lerwill in particular was timing the ball well and made life difficult for the Lindfield bowlers.
When Burrows was removed by off spinner Aggio-Brewe for 31, the score was at 102 for two. Soon Lerwill’ s brilliant innings came to an end as he was trapped lbw by Aggio-Brewe for 67.
Ben Hansford (30), with Jofra Archer (26) at the other end, pushed the score beyond 150. Late flurries from Rob Willway, Anthony Ender and Jamie Thompson ensured Middleton were able to declare after 50 overs with 225 on the board.
In the reply, Rob Keen (8) was caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Burrows off Thompson and two balls later Shane Wilson-Yelverton had his middle stump taken out the ground for no score by the same bowler, leaving the visitors ten for two.
Rippon (11) and Howard (19) went shortly after leaving Lindfield struggling at 51 for four. This brought Chamberlain and Aggio-Brewe to the crease and the pair seemed to have more interest in not losing than winning.
Attacking fields and generous bowling were employed by Middleton and Aggio-Brewe fell to captain Brandon Hanley on 48 with Lindfield 130 for five.
Middleton took two more wickets, which fell to Willway (2-55) and Archer (1-14). But the Middleton bowlers struggled to get any help out of the pitch and Lindfield finished on 211 for seven, with Chamberlain 60 not out.
Burrows said “It’s wasn’t exactly enthralling cricket. We have played in some well contested games this season, unfortunately for the spectators, this was not one of them.”
Middleton are hoping to return to winning ways on Saturday as they travel to Priory Park to play Chichester.