1st X1  v  Albrighton  5th Aug 2006


Once again Madeley found themselves fielding first at Park St. The wicket looked as though there would be plenty in it for the bowlers and both teams would be keen to get a win under their belt.

Rico tries another big hit

Liam who was bowling towards the pavilion soon found that the wicket was to say the least helpful. He quickly had the opener caught by Jason and followed this with the wicket of Gareth Hughes who had the misfortune of playing on. 42 - 2 became 75 -3 and then quickly 86 - 5 as wickets tumbled. Both Jamie Lloyd and Rico getting in on the act.

At this stage it seemed unlikely that Madeley would be chasing more than 140  to 150.

Unfortunately this was not to be the case as the next partnership proved  to be the best of the day and was the turning point of the game. They took the score to 165 before Andy Pugh hit the wickets with a direct hit

                                            (Rico connects but... ) 

Ben Miller then hit a quick fire 41 no to help the visitors to a score of 217 all out which with the wicket bouncing and turning square looked a difficult target.

He gets caught on the boundary

Madeley's reply got off to a slow but steady start before Steve Maden was bowled by the Albrighton pro Farooq Hamed.

Andy Laycock came in and looked to be playing the spinner well but then after a change of bowling relapsed and gave an easy catch to the mid wicket boundary. The score was 50 -2 but the pro had finished his first spell. The arrival of Rico saw a spurt in the run rate and at 100 we looked in a promising position. Rico had made 26 when he again made a good connection and it looked as though the ball was sailing for 6. That was  until a fielder's outstretched hand managed to pluck it out of the air as it was crossing the boundary line. 

                                (He gets caught on the boundary)

Steve Pugh was still there at the other end and was going along steadily. Andy Pugh then departed LBW without troubling the scorer which brought Jason to the wicket. Once again it looked as though we might be in with a chance as the score was being pushed along but this changed when the opening bowlers were brought back into the attack and Jason was caught trying to crack another four..

More runs for Steve PughAt this point Albrighton were happy to set the field deep and allow Steve Pugh the single. The tactic worked well with him seeing little of the ball for the rest of the 50 overs.

Jamie and Andy Lloyd both fell trying to hit the pro, a difficult task to say the least. He ended with figures of 3 for 28 off 16 overs. In a perverse way the ball spun too much for him and the ball continuously beat everything.

                                   (Where are the fielders?)

Steve Pugh and the skipper saw the rest of the overs out with Steve being undefeated on 75 from 119 balls faced. Madeley ended on a creditable 188 - 7