Hampshire’s homegrown talent scores maiden first-class century

FLETCHA Middleton scored 116 runs against Warwickshire in the third round of the County Championship Division One.

The 22-year-old opener played the long game, his first ‘ton’ accumulated 329 balls at the crease, notching 14 boundaries, to help push his side to 365 in response to Warwickshire’s 455 first innings total.

Warwickshire batted again, getting to 205/4 inside 49 overs, but the troublesome late April weather caused play to halter at 2pm, with drizzle continuing to fall for the rest of the final day, forcing a draw.

The Winchester born Fletcha made his First-Class debut against the Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI tour of England in May 2022, and his List-A debut in August 2021 against Durham in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

He graduated out of the Hampshire Academy after being there all his childhood, he impressed in his debut season in the One-Day Cup team in 2021 and 2022 which allowed him an opening spot in the 2023 County Championship team.

During the 2023 winter and into the early months of 2024, Middleton was playing for Fitzroy-Doncaster CC based in Melbourne in the Victoria Premier League, in which he scored his maiden Australian soil century by hitting 103 runs in a victory over Northcote CC.

The ‘Middleton’ surname has already been seen in a Hampshire shirt from years gone by, as Fletcha’s father Tony Middleton played for Hampshire between 1984-1995, scoring 5753 runs across his 109 First Class games.

Middelton spoke during the Hampshire CCC media day back in March ahead of the long county season.


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