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Milford Hall slip up at leaders Hawkins

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

By Dave Mclean

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DESPITE the poor weather during half term, there was still plenty of cricket played by our various teams over the past week.

Sadly, the 1sts were unable to get a favourable result when they came up against leaders Hawkins Cannock & Rugeley in the Birmingham League.

Only Dan Betty (40) made a score of note as Milford were dismissed for just 101. Hawkins C&R lost a couple of early wickets in their reply but eventually eased to a 7 wicket success.

There was better news for the 2nds who saw off Hawkins C&R 2nds with four wickets to spare.

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H C&R made 133 with Matt Cooper taking 4-18. There were two wickets each for Chris Dean and Ravan Chahal. Milford’s reply stuttered to 71-6 before Cooper (20 not out) and skipper Kev Royce (48 not out) saw their side home without any further damage.

Milford Hall 3rds were well beaten at Walsall YPF 1sts. Chris Copp (3-39) and Raz Gamage (3-22) did well to restrict Walsall to 157 but after reaching 53-2 in reply, Milford’s batting fell away to 75 all out.

The 4ths were unable to press home a strong position against Hawkins C&R 5ths who had veteran Lee Aston to thank for holding their innings together.

Owen Cornford starred for Milford with 79 not out after the home side had struggled to score on a slow pitch. Cornford’s efforts enabled Milford to reach 174-9 declared.

Milford then made early inroads into the H C&R batting before being held up by Aston (37) and Sam Clarie (28). Renewed hope came as three quick wickets fell but the visitors held out to reach 121-6 at the close. Josh Nunan (3-31) returned Milford’s best figures.

Shugborough lost a low scoring encounter with Trent Valley by 5 runs. Oscar Edwards (4-19) helped to restrict Trent Valley to 90 but, despite Andy Bennett hitting 39, Shugborough were all out for 85.

On Sunday, the 1sts progressed in the Village Knock Out at the expense of Birmingham League rivals Quatt.

Harry Flowers hit 92 and Guy Bulpitt 35 as Milford reached 204-7. In a tense finish, Quatt needed 9 to win from the final over but finished one run short, ending on 203-6. Milford now travel to Rolleston in the area final.

Meanwhile, a mile up the road, Milford Ladies were taking on Quatt Ladies in the Womens Midlands League. Alex Smith took 5-9 including the first hat trick of her career thanks to a stumping from mum, Mandy, as Quatt were dismissed for 112.

Milford slumped to 32-3 before Hettie Pigott (39 not out) and Megan Jones (38 not out) took them to a 7 wicket victory.

On the junior front, Milford U15s recorded a couple of victories in the past week, starting with a 10 wicket success against Eccleshall in the South Moorlands League.

The visitors could only manage 31 all out (Harry Bedford 3-6), a target Milford reached off 28 balls.

The following day, they beat Longton in the Peter Gething Cup – also by 10 wickets. Longton made 78 with Rob Turner taking 3-4. Aaron Afford (25 ret) top scored in Milford’s successful reply.

The U13’s also recorded two wins, beating Meir Heath by 6 wickets in the South Moorlands League and Barlaston by 9 wickets in the Kidsgrove League.

Against Meir Heath, James Rowland took 2-17 as the visitors reached 115-5. Hayden Campbell then hit 37 (ret) as Milford made 117-4 in reply.

Campbell then took 3-0 in four overs in the Kidsgrove League fixture against Barlaston who made 110-8. Dominic Afford continued his good run of form with the bat, hitting 51 (ret) as Milford eased to victory.

The U11’s also enjoyed a convincing victory by beating Rugeley by 125 runs in the Staffs Youth Cricket League. For Milford, George Morris top scored with the bat while Jacob Latham took two wickets.

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