PROVING the apple never falls far from the tree, another Middleton terrorised opposition cricketers last summer.
A Cavalier not unlike his decorated father Stuart, Hugh Middleton starred with the Cavs’ under 11s side in the Orange District Junior Cricket Association competition, helping guide the team to the premiership.
Hugh, 10, scored a league leading 305 runs at an average of 61 while also netting six wickets at 15.67 – both strong enough stats to earn young Middleton the under 11s player of the year title.
While, after 30 years at the top of his game, Stu again showed his value to Cavaliers first grade side in the Orange District Cricket Association, winning the overall competition’s first grade best and fairest award.
Middleton senior netted 510 runs and 29 wickets playing in the first grade and Royal Hotel Cup Twenty20 competitions in 2012-13.
It’s a rare family double act that has the Middletons grinning from ear to ear.
And the feats of Hugh are spurring on his Dad to continue his cricketing career in the hope of one day playing senior cricket together.
“That’s what we’ll aim for. I know Cavs next season should have a Centenary Cup side. We’ve been talking to Richard Manning who looks like coming across the start it up,” Stuart said, with the Centenary Cup competition a bridge for junior cricketers into the senior competition.
“They’ve asked me and Hugh to fill in where we can.
“Even my Dad (Mike), who I didn’t get to play with, if he gets the chance to play he might come out of retirement.
“All three of us might get a bit of a run.”
Hugh said he enjoyed his cricket, but one facet of the game stood out above all others.
“I like the batting,” he said.
“I got first on the (batting) ladder.”
Stuart added, Hugh is also a handy bowler who “bowls out swingers like his Dad.”
Cavaliers also won the under 14s junior cricket premiership undefeated while the club’s under 12s enjoyed an impressive season, but went down in the decider.
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: Cavaliers pair Stu and Hugh Middleton dominated their respective competitions this past season. Photo: NICK McGRATH 0502nmmiddos1
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