THE new season got under way in the Staffs Clubs Cricket Championship last weekend with Milford Hall recording a win and a draw from their two games.
The thirds, playing in division one, outplayed Highcroft & Great Barr Unity but were unable to turn their dominance into victory against the Birmingham-based side.
Batting first, Milford hit 277-4 with 15-year-old Chris Becker getting his season off to a fine start with an unbeaten 117 – his first senior ton.
Support came from New Zealander Jack Windler who struck 43 and Gethin Hine with an unbeaten 52, Hine and Becker adding an unbroken 115 for the fifth wicket.
Sadly, Highcroft showed no desire to go for the target and strolled their way to 150-6 at the close.
In division four, Milford fourths returned from Hammerwich with a three wicket victory. The home side posted 183-8 (Ian White 69) with the wickets evenly spread about the Milford bowlers.
In reply, Milford were struggling somewhat at 118-7 with only Chaminda Karuntilake (25) making a score of note. But Tim Davis (75 not out) held firm and together with Josh Nunan (17 not out) saw Milford to victory.
In two friendly matches, Milford firsts defeated Brewood by four wickets. Newcomer Dan Betty top scored with 40 not out as Milford chased down Brewood’s 172 (Andy Woodward 3-26).
Meanwhile, the Shugborough side lost in their match against Bloxwich. Oliver Banks (48) and Steve Richardson (20) made runs as Shugborough reached 121-5 on a slow pitch but Bloxwich reached their target with five wickets in hand.
This Saturday sees the start of the Birmingham League season with Milford looking to make an early impression at newly promoted Astwood Bank. The seconds receive Oswestry.
In the Staffs Clubs, Milford thirds travel to West Bromwich Dartmouth with the 4th XI fixture reversed.
Milford fifths are on the road at Himley while Shugborough face Porthill Park on Sunday.