1st X1 v Perkins 22nd July 2006
Madeley made the trip to Perkins and after
winning the toss decided to have a bat. On a good wicket and a warm afternoon
this looked a good decision.
Unfortunately this was to prove one of the
poorer performances of the season. Things got off to a rapid start with Rico
hitting Shane Gwilt for a six and two fours in the opening over. The warning
signs were there however as the umpire who had left his walking stick (painted
white), in the car, decided that the six was in fact a four. The ball had
sailed above both the trees and a high fence before landing in a garden. Sure
enough in Gwilt's next over the ball brushed his pads and he was given out
Steve Pugh then mistimed a pull and got caught and bowled.
The bowler had managed to catch the ball without using his hands. He had in
fact held it between his side and his upper arm.
Jason puts some runs on the board
Verbal then decided to do an action replay of
his dismissal the week before and Pete Smith also joined in on the act by not
troubling the scorers. The score was 25 - 4 and only eight overs gone. The next
pair of Andy Pugh and Jason Willets then took the score along to 74 before the
spinner induced Andy to a drive which he missed and the ball apparently must have
hit the stumps. This was somewhat dubious as the ball had hit the keepers pads
and certainly there wasn't any sound of stumps being hit. However that same
umpire after a long delay decided that he was out.
Meanwhile Jason had been riding his luck but
gradually the ball started to find his bat more regularly and his score
However wickets were still going down at the other end Steve
Faux being bowled and Steve Maden returning to the pavilion after
a silly run out. Just what we didn't want. This seemed to be a cue for Jason
to just about try to hit every ball out of the ground. Although he had some
success he eventually fell to a catch on the boundary for a battling 67 (seven
4's and a six). Who knows what he might have achieved if he hadn't had a
Another fine shot from Jason
The skipper then holed out on the square leg
boundary and the last pair added a few more before we were all out for a paltry
134. This was never going to be anywhere near enough.
The best chance we had was of a storm
developing but although the covers were put in place a couple of times the
downpour never arrived and Perkins reached their target for the loss of only
Both Serplet and Gwilt were put down at slip and
short leg but these were indeed very sharp chances.
Overall this was one of the most disappointing
performances of the season. This was a good track and 134 was well short of a
Liam puts bat on ball