1st X1 v Shelton 24th June 2006
Shelton won the toss and decided to bat. Terry
Owen struck in his first over when he trapped L.Bayley in front 1 - 1.
The score then moved quickly on with Neil
Salisbury striking several fours through covers and mid wicket. The total had
reached 49 when Sam Hathaway's efforts were rewarded when he got one to lift a
little and Salisbury was caught by Steve Maden. A good partnership followed
and the next wicket didn't arrive until the score had reached 130, when Rico
tempted the batsman down the wicket and Steve Maden took a straightforward
Steven Faux had replaced Sam Hathaway and he
bowled a tidy spell with plenty of effort.
Shelton looked to be heading for a
decent score and it wasn't until the score had reached 212 that Steve struck
having P.Davies caught by Rico for 58. He then added another three wickets to
his tally with the skipper taking two catches in two balls on the deep long
off boundary. The hat trick was very nearly achieved but the ball fell
tantalisingly wide of the fielder.
With Terry taking another two wickets the
innings closed on 262 - 9. Terry finished with figures of 3 -69 and Steven an
impressive 4 - 55.
Steven Faux in his first spell
Madeley's innings got off to a decent start with Rico getting
34 which included 7 fours before he was stumped off the bowling of C.Speake.
After another decent partnership Verbal was adjudged, some think harshly,
stumped having scored a patient 33. Steve Pugh was going along nicely at the
other end although not seeing too much of the strike.
Shelton's keeper then decided to shed the pads
and have a try bowling leg spinners, which were more a less an offer to help
yourself to some runs. Pete Smith's face lit up as he smashed a rank long hop all the way to
the square leg boundary where he managed to find the only fielder for miles.
Spikey came to the wicket and shortly after smashing a four over extra
cover received a shortish ball that more or less went along the floor and he
was out LBW.
Steve Pugh strikes another four
Meanwhile Steve Pugh had been pushing the score along but was troubled and
somewhat restricted with cramps. He brought up his century with two
consecutive sweetly timed strokes through the leg side. At this stage we
needed 42 runs off the last seven overs.
Jason Willets had put last week's first baller out of his mind and hit an
aggressive 17 before he was out trying another lusty blow.
Steve's innings came to an end when he tried another big hit through
mid wicket and he was bowled for 102 off only 106 balls which included 15
With Steve Maden being bowled for six and Terry Owen being out first ball
trying to hit a six we were left with playing out the last couple of overs to
ensure that we managed a draw. This the two young lads, Steve Faux and Sam Hathaway
achieved and the innings closed on 235 - 8