1st X1  v Quatt  8th July 2006

On another fine day at Park Street Loll won the toss and invited the opposition to have a bat. Quatt got off to a good start and seemed to be enjoying the fairly benign wicket. Runs were flowing and the partnership of Adam Evans and Jade Yates progressed quickly. Neither batsman seemed to be in any trouble although there were a few edges which unfortunately for Madeley went wide of slip. There were far too many boundaries and a large score looked likely from early doors.

Jade Yates in action

The score had reached 124 before the first wicket fell that being Adam Evans who edged Rico to the keeper. Rico soon struck another blow when he bowled the new batsman with the score still 124.

 Jade Yates had looked as if he was going to complete a fine century but on 94 he was bowled by Steven Faux who had come on for his second spell. It was a wicket well deserved for the effort that he had put in.

                                    Jade Yates strikes a four

 The score was still rattling along and another good partnership followed until Craig Jones tried another big hit but was well caught at deep long on by Andy Pugh.

Quatt were trying to maximize their score with some big hitting but further catches in the deep from Loll Woodhall and Andy Pugh again meant the final score was 260 - 7

 

                               

Madeley didn't get off to a good start. Madeley had several appeals turned down whilst fielding but the first time that Steve Pugh was hit on the pads Kynaston's finger went up surprise surprise. He certainly is a nemesis.

Jason cracks another four

Rico who had been going along quite nicely somehow or other injured himself and was obviously restricted in his movement. He had reached 33 with seven fours when he was bowled by a ball which swung into him a little.

The score was only 38 and this left the two Andy's at the wicket. Andy Laycock who this year seems to want to occupy the crease a lot more played some nice shots particularly off his legs and with Andy Lloyd who played a patient innings took the score to 76 before Andy Lloyd tried a sweep but took a top edge which gave the keeper a simple catch.

                            Jason Willets cracks another four

Andy Laycock was next out when he tried a big hit but only succeeded in supplying an easy catch.

Andy Pugh got off the mark with a six but was caught in the covers when trying another big hit

Jason

Young Jason Willets had already come to the wicket and he began to take the bowling apart. He played some glorious shots and the ball was flying to the boundary. Off only 33 balls he made 35 before being bowled. This showed everyone what a promising cricketer he is and I hope he can continue to improve.

Madeley needed to reach a score of 196 to get points for a draw and with Steve Maden and Pete Smith together we looked likely to achieve this. However the plan didn't come together as Pete Smith was run out and then Steve Maden lobbed one into the keepers hands.

                             Jason after his sparkling innings

When the last over arrived we still needed seven runs with the last pair at the wicket and off the fourth ball The skipper attempted a drive over or through the covers for a boundary but once again it resulted in an edge which the fielder comfortably took.

Quatt played well and deserved their win, with a good all round effort. Madeley need to look at some areas where they can improve. A score of 260 is probably a score which isn't going to be chased down too often.