Chichester under-11s earned their first win of the season when they beat a Middleton team containing two Western Warriors players by seven wickets.
Middleton chose to bat and opening bowlers Shivam Niak and Andrew Crookham took three wickets between them. Sammy Sutherland and Sam Weller followed up with a wicket each.
The fielding was outstanding as Chichester conceded just one boundary, and there were two run-outs - both of them down to Crookham and wicket-keeper Jonathan Maynard. Two under-tens – Samuel Brackley and Billy O’Brien – were excellent in the field, with Brackley taking an excellent catch.
Gilbert Jones took a wicket, and captain Tristan Nay bowled the only maiden. Luke Chapple took two wickets for just one run.
In a great show of sportsmanship, a Middleton tail-ender was stumped by Maynard, but it was obvious the batsman didn’t understand the rules. The Chichester team sportingly agreed to let him stay in.
Middleton finished with 43 from 16.2 overs. But with a damp wicket where the ball kept low and moved about dramatically, a win was not a forgone conclusion.
Weller and Jones opened but Weller was stumped by the outstanding Middleton keeper. Gilbert made an outstanding 17 before he was bowled towards the end of the innings. Niak supported Jones well before Maynard came in and scored a controlled eight not out. Sutherland and Maynard took Chichester to victory.
It was a mixed beginning of the season for Middleton colts.
The under-ten softball pairs team played Arundel at home, batting first and scoring 238 for two. Arundel replied with 143 for nine. In the Under-11 Shield, Findon scored 139 for five, while Middleton managed 113 for four. Findon won by 26 runs despite Middleton’s Charlie Maginnis and Owen Spicer scoring 27 and 23 respectively.
At Middleton Sports Club, the under-11 bowl side were all out for 43, losing to Chichester, who scored 44 for three.
Middleton Colts under-12 bowl team took on Chichester at a windy Priory Park and were put in.
Chichester gained the upper hand with Sam Price taking two Middleton wickets after only three overs. Strong batting from Middleton’s Ben Taylor (20, retired) and Sam Bell (also 20, retired) saw them finish on 123 for five after their 20 overs – including Murray Carter’s 14 and Dom Miller’s 16 off seven balls.
Impressive bowling from Middleton saw eight bowlers each taking wickets and Chichester all out for 40, with top scorer Felix Talbot on six.
An under-13 match between Middleton and Littlehampton produced a tight finish – and two hat-tricks.
Ben Taylor of Middleton and Kenneth Moshin of Littlehampton, both of whom are in the Western Warrior squads, both took three in three. Moshin’s quick bowling took Littlehampton to victory.