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Milton Cricket Club - Season 2013

    Match Reports


Milton  Cricket 27th April

Milton’s first and seconds had a mixed start to the new season, the first team beat Glapwell seconds by 6 wickets at the Riverside ground  with the second team losing by just 2 runs in a closely fought match against M & P thirds at Clipstone.

Milton v Glapwell II

Glapwell were asked to take first knock and were in early trouble as Mike Handy took 2 wickets in his first over, Phil Caton caught by Rob Stamps for 4 and David Shore caught by Jem Hill without scoring. Opener Nick Truswell, rather than consolidate for a few overs , took the game to the Milton bowlers with a succession of boundaries and by the 12th over had passed 50 with the score on 72. Craig Saxelby’s introduction to the attack paid off when he bowled John Donaldson for 25 in his first over with Glapwell now 80 for 3, a further 27 was added, mainly from Trusswell, when Saxelby trapped him lbw for  an aggressive 71 which included 13 fours and 2 sixes. Phil Matthews came to the crease and continued where Trusswell left off but despite the run rate continuing at over 5 per over, he started to lose partners at regular intervals, Mike Handy claiming 3 more wickets and Craig Saxelby 2. Matthews was last man out, bowled by Saxelby for 53 with Glapwell reaching 172 but giving Milton 9 more overs to reach their target. Mike Handy ended with fogures of 5 for 46, Craig Saxelby 4 for 37 and Dylan Hildreth claiming the other wicket taking 1for 39.


The Milton innings started badly, losing opener Dean Sayer in the first over, without a run on the board, bowled by Steve Hawkins, Joe Saxelby was forced to retire for 9, following a collision with the bowler and 2 more wickets were soon to follow, Richard Wolstenholme trapped lbw by Hawkins without scoring and Will Taylor caught by Jamie O’Connor off Hawkins for 1, leaving Milton 30 for 3. Craig Saxelby joined Dylan Hildreth at the crease and they gradually started to turn things round for their side and by the 23rd over had reached 74. The score progressed to 125 for 3 when Hildreth gave a simple chance to Jamie O,Connor off Phil Caton for a hard earned 37. Craig Saxelby then started to accelerate with a series of boundaries and reached exactly 100 with the winning hit with 13 overs of the game still remaining, Tom Asquith making 11 not out. Steve Hawkins the pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 16 off 8 overs.


Mansfield & Pleasley III v Milton II

Milton seconds lost narrowly in a low scoring encounter at Clipstone last Saturday. Mansfield were bowled out for 85 with just two batsmen making double figures, Jamie Spencer with 23 and Lee Coupe 24. The Milton bowlers shared the wickets, Joe Heathcote taking 3 apiece, Max Johnson 2 and Brian Woods and Stephen Lingley 1 each.

The Milton innings started fairly well , the first wicket worth 23, but soon found themselves in trouble as they slumped to 67 for 8, a late rally from Max Johnson put his side within reach of victory but unfortunately for Milton was bowled with just 2 runs required, he was one of only 3 Milton batsmen to reach double figures being equal top scorer with Barry Johnon with 12 , Rob Handy making 11. Jamie Spencer returned impressive figures of 13 overs 4 for 19, the three other bowlers used taking 2 wickets apiece.


Thoresby Colliery II v Milton Saturday 18th May

Milton first team slipped to their first defeat of the season, losing by 56 runs at the hands of local rivals Thoresby Colliery seconds last Saturday.

On asking their hosts to take first knock, Milton achieved an early breakthrough, Matt Skinner for 0,  Richard Wolstenholme taking a good catch at firsts slip off Adam Mendham. In Halfpenny and John Skinner started to take control after  steady start with Halfpenny taking the anchor roll. Skiner reached his half century with the score on 72 and the two added a further 65 when Skiner was bowled by the returning Max Johnson for 84 which included three sixe and ten fours. With 14 overs still remaining Thoresby look set for a large total but despite Halfpenny making 62 when he was caught by Richard Wolstenholme off Johnson the Milton bowlers stuck to their task and restricted Thoresby Colliery to 209 for 6 at the close.

The Milton reply started badly, losing opener Dean Sayer in the fourth over and the visitors never really recovered as wickets fell at regular intervals with batsmen making starts but not taking advantage, Joe Saxelby, Will Taylor and Richard Wolstenholme all scoring 12, Tom Asquith 20 and Craig Saxelby 28 as their side slipped to 116 for 8 with eight overs remaining. A late flurry from Adam Mendham , hitting 32 in just 20 balls, gave Milton  chance of an extra batting point but he holed out to John Skinner  in the penultimate over and Milton bowled out for 153.


Milton v Grassmoor Saturday 1st June

Milton first team entertained Grassmoor last Saturday in a high scoring draw which produced 543 runs and centuries  for openers in both sides including a magnificent 191 not out for Milton’s Dean Sayer.

Grassmoor won the toss and quite surprisingly asked Milton to bat first on what looked and proved to be a good batting track and the fact that one of their usual opening bowlers was likely to miss the first few overs of the match. The Milton opening batsmen got off to a flier and by the seventh over already had 70 on the board with Dean Sayer reaching his half century. The run rate did drop slightly but when Craig Dawes was able to join the attack in the 19th over Milton were already 144 without loss and the batsmen could take his early overs caultiously without being under any pressure. Dean Sayer reached his century three overs later and the openers took the score close to the fourth batting point when a breakthrough was eventually made, Joe Saxelby caught behind by Paul Barber off spinner Carl Bowling the ball after reaching his 50. Dylan Hildreth joined Sayer at the crease and carried on  his good run of form as the hosts piled on the runs and took the score over 300 for the third time in Milton’s history to close on 321 for the loss of just one wicket, Dean Sayer making a very impressive 191 not out, an innings which include 34 fours and three sixes, Dylan Hildreth remained not out 54.

Grassmoor set out their stall mainly to look for securing four batting points and had reached 33 by the tenth over when Max Johnson bowled skipper Pete Bedford for 14, Andy Woolven and Lee Henshaw added a further 50 when Mike Handy bowled the former for 21. The next two partnerships were worth 67 and 66 respectively to secure the 4 batting points, the batsmen out being Ian Woolven bowled by Will Taylor for 14 and opener Lee Henshaw caught in the deep by Joe Saxelby off Mike Handy after just completing a deserved century which include 20 fours and a six. Milton managed a fifth wicket before the close, Danny Greaves bowled by Mike Handy for 38, to achieve a second bowling point. Milton 16 points, Grassmoor 6 points

Milton v Ordsall Bridon II  Saturday 15th June

Milton first team lost some ground from the leading pack following a 7 wicket defeat at the hands of Ordsall Bridon last Saturday.

Milton won the toss and elected to bat but found the going tough in the early overs and in the tenth over with 28 on the board,  lost their first wicket as Jake Tong took a low caught and bowled to remove Jack Beard for 7. Dylan Hildreth made just 1 when he was caught behind off Jake Tong’s next over and in the following over Luke Tong bowled Joe Saxelby for 16. Harrison Chalkley and Andy Legg replaced the Tong brothers and continued to tie down the Milton batsmen, Neil Soper failed to score when he was stumped by Nick Legg off Andy Legg and with the score on 69 Craig Saxelby on reaching 25, gave a simple catch to Luke Tong off Harrison Chalkley. The Milton middle to late order all made starts, with Adam Mendham again making a good contribution with 22 as the hosts managed to bat through the overs to reach 148 for 9 at the close .

Bridon were soon in control and knocked off the required runs in relative ease  inside 30 overs for the loss of just 3 wickets, Ash Corrie caught by Joe Saxelby off Will Taylor for 54, Luke Tong  caught by Adam Mendham off Craig Saxelby for 42 and Nick Legg bowled by Mike Handy for 10. Wayne Ellis 15 and Jon Tomlinson 16  being the not out batsmen as the visitors gained 18 points with a 7 wicket victory with Milton taking just 3 points to stay in mid-table.


Milton second and third teams fared a lot better, both taking maximum points in victories against Nomads and Blyth seconds respectively.

The second team bowled out Nomads for 163, P.Buxton top scoring with 59. For Milton, Rob Stamps took four for 34, Stephen Lingley 2 for 16 and Jon Tann bowling 13 overs 2 for 25. Milton reached their total in 35 overs for the loss of 6 wickets, the main contributions with the bat being Brian Woods scoring 57 not out, Rob Stamps 41 and Stephen Lingley 34.

Milton thirds won a fourth successive match,  scoring 136 for 8 in their allotted overs, with debutant Jake Alvey top scoring with 44 and decent contributions of 22 from Barry Johnson, 18 from Luke Taylor and Joe Warriner 13 not out. Jack Tarr being the pick of Blyth’s bowlers taking 4 for 34 in 13 overs.

Blyth were looking on target for victory but when M.Osborne on reaching 60 was bowled by Jamie Wiffen with the score on 100 they collapsed to 113 all out, the last 6 wickets falling in 7 overs. The 4 bowlers used shared the wickets, Jamie Wiffen ( 3 for 49), Joe Warriner (2 for 40), Curtis Wiffen (2 for 16) and Josh Barker with impressive figures of 7 overs, 5 maidens 2 for 5.


Milton v Sherwood  Saturday 22nd June

Milton first team lost to bottom of the table Sherwood by 87 runs following a disappointing performace last Saturday.

Milton won the toss and elected to field first but their opening bowlers were unable to make a breakthrough as Sherwood steadily built a solid opening  partnership which progressed to 119 by the 30th over when Rob Stamps  trapped Jamie Wathall lbw for 31. Stamps took 2 more wickets within 3 overs,  bowling Connor Hall for 5 and opener Steve Hall  stumped by Jem Hill for a well made 79.  Adam Stone and Mark Storer added  brisk 53 for the fourth wicket before both falling to Max Johnson for 38 and 23 respctively, Adam Mendham took a further wicket before the close as Sherwood posted 211 for 6 in their allotted overs.

The Milton opening batsmen started quite well, adding 44 for the first wicket but the introduction of Danny Dallman to the attack started Milton’s downfall as he took the wickets of both Joe Saxelby and Richard Wolstenholme in his first 4 overs and with the score on 85 the wicket of Jack Beard, caught behind in Ian Bagshaws last over for 32 proved to be decisive as wickets then tumbled, with just Adam Mendham 22 not out being the only other batsman to reach double figures as Milton were dismissed for 124, Dallman returning excellent figures o 12.5 overs 4 maidens, 6 for 36 to give Sherwood their first victory of the season


Milton II v Cuckny III  Saturday 29th June

The top of the table clash last Saturday between third place Milton and leaders Cuckney resulted in a comfortable win for Milton by 80 runs .

Milton won the toss and elected to bat first. The Milton openers were tied down for several overs with good, accurate bowling from Cuckney’s Richard Moss and James Wilson and by the half way stage had just 50 on the board but with all wickets still in tact. Within 2 overs Milton lost both Richad Wolsetnholme, LBW Moss for 15 and Neil Soper caught on the boundary by Ben Bedford off Conall Doughty for 32. Craig Jewitt and James Warwick-Adkins  added 40 for the third wicket before Craig Jewitt fell for 9, caught and bowled by  Phil Calcraft for 9. There then followed a middle order collapse, Warwick Adkins losing 3 more partners with just 7 more runs added before he was joined by Dan Walker, adding 47 for the seventh wicket which was then followed by a second collapse of the innings as the remaining 3 wickets failed to add to the score as Milton were bowled out fo r what looked an under par 148. James Warwick-Adkins held the middle order together with a well made 64 with Dan Walker chipping in with 20.

The opening bowling combination of Dan Walker and Jon Tann were soon on top with Cuckney losing  the first wicket  off the first ball  of their innings and by the 12th over were in all sorts of trouble at 16 for 6, Walker taking 4 wickets for just 1 run in his first 6 overs, Tann taking the other 2.  Aaron Riley led a mini revival for the visitors, hitting an aggressive 40 off 26 balls before being caught behind by Phil Davies off Dominic Startup.  Startup polished off the innings in his next over as Cuckney we bowled out for jus 68.  Dan Walker finished with remarkable figures of 13 overs, 9 maidens 5 for 7 ,an excellent 20 points for Milton to consolidate third place.