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.
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.
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
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