1st X1 v Ludlow 15th July 2006
Ludlow won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to
bat first on a dry wicket at Park Street.
Their youthful opening pair soon built up a useful partnership until a change
of bowling brought the first success. B. Andrews had made a quick 36 mainly
fours and sixes when he was well caught at deep mid off by Loll Woodhall going
for another big hit.
The score continued to move along steadily and had
reached 85 when after another change of bowling, Rico held on to a fine slip
catch, when the skipper found the edge.
This brought the hard hitting Ludlow pro to the wicket and it was obvious that
the scoring rate was about to accelerate unless further wickets fell. After
hitting four sixes and five fours he was eventually caught on the mid wicket
boundary by Steven Faux for 68. This was contributed to in no small way by
Madeley's inability to take their catches. He was decked three times with
straightforward opportunities, twice in one over when he was on about 17. The
other opener had also been put down when he was on 12.
Steven Faux takes the catch
It is said that catches win matches and at
the very least these missed opportunities put paid to any chance of winning the
match. The score was now 202 and the opener M.Hawes who had played a patient
innings was now scoring off most balls. He took his score to 92 before he edged
Rico and the keeper took the catch. The innings ended on 248 - 6 which with the
Ludlow pro seemingly back to full fitness was a formidable and unlikely target.
Madeley were soon up against it.
Rico after hitting the pro for four 4's was trapped on the back foot for 17.
Laycock's fine run of form came to an end when
in the same over he played around a swinging ball and got bowled. Pete Smith
hit a solitary four before being well caught in the gully.
followed when after hitting a couple of boundaries he mishit one that went
straight to mid on. The score was a sorry looking 62 - 4 but Steve Pugh was
still there showing some resistance.
The wicket was giving the tall Ludlow bowlers a
lot more assistance with some balls popping and making life difficult. Jason
Willets struck three blows before he received a ball that he could do little
about and the ball lobbed into the slip cordon.
Jason receives a snorter
The introduction of the spinner brought some
relief to the batsman and Steve Pugh picked his spot over mid wicket for some
boundaries but even though we had no realistic chance of winning Ludlow
quickly moved a fielder into that area. After the score had reached 104
Ludlow decided it was time to bring their pro R.Hodgson back into the attack
and it had immediate effect when he got a very fine edge to Steve's bat and
the keeper took the catch. He then bowled Steve Faux and had Steve Maden
judged LBW with what looked like a very harsh decision. Right arm over to a
left handed bat taking guard outside his crease and going well forward. What
else can you say.
This left Madeley on 113 - 8 with another 16
overs to be bowled and I'm sure that Ludlow thought that the game was over.
This wasn't to be the case as the tail wagged
brilliantly with the skipper leading the way with a defiant 20 not out. He was
ably supported by first Mark Wait who made 30 despite having problems with his
back and finally Liam Petit who also held firm for the last seven overs.
We finished on 175 - 9 a commendable effort. If
only we could have taken our catches.
Would have been good skip if you had connected