2nd X1  v Welshpool  29th July 2006

Report 1 from Chris Hodson


Madeley continued their winning ways with a convincing victory against Welshpool on Saturday.

Having lost the toss and being inserted Madeley rattled up 229 all out, thanks to contributions from John Fawcett 21, Kev Walters 24, Chris Hodson 28 and Simon Woodcock 19. Special mention to Andy Halliday 42 and Jamie Lloyd 72 who batted excellently for their partnership of over 100 in less than 13 overs.
Madeley took to the field with a strong bowling line up. Jamie claimed two early wickets and it seemed as though we were in for an early evening but Welshpool dug in and with 20 overs remaining Madeley still required another 7 wickets. Chris Hodson then trapped their opener and the flood gates opened thanks to an excellent spell from Sam Hathaway who claimed 4 wickets. Andy Halliday and Graham Barker all produced good spells which proved too much for our visitors.
Madeley were happy with their days work and all of the team worked hard for the 20 points gained.
Albrighton next week and we must continue all the hard work and keep playing as a team


Report 2 from John Fawcett

The 2nd team batted first at Park Street on Saturday and got off to a reasonable start. They had 40 on the board when John Fawcett went to play a pull shot and the bails were 'tickled' off the top of the stumps. This may have unsettled our other opener 'little' Kev Walters as he departed shortly after.
Mickey Roberts failed to continue his recent good form and was bowled by a full length delivery as he 'danced' on the crease. Chris Hodson hung around for a while scoring 28 before chipping back to the bowler. Although Chris did have an excuse as his back was giving him some severe jip! It took until Simon Woodcock and Andy Halliday came to the crease for Madeley to steady the ship. They stabilised the innings and put on a 50+ partnership. When Si Woodcock was out Jamie Lloyd came to the crease. He played some splendid strokes, including a couple of sixes as he flew past 50. 
Madeley scored just over 225 which looked a good score on a 3 match-old pitch that had some erratic bounce. Madeley bowled out Welshpool for around 160. Sam Hathaway bowled excellently to finish off the tail taking 4 wickets. Jamie Lloyd also bagged a couple which rounded off a good day at the office for him. The most notable wicket of the afternoon was the oppositions skipper who was bowled by Greame Barker while looking steady and becoming a real problem for the Madeley attack. Saying that! We did have him out caught behind much earlier but he refused to walk!
Another good performance by Madeley! The heavy loss to Ludlow two weeks previous is still looking costly, although the 'big guns' of Oswestry and Wem are soon to come to 'fortress' Park Street!