2nd X1  v Perkins  22nd July 2006

Madeley arrived at their Park Street home ready to banish the memories of their 9 wicket humiliation the week previous. Glorious sunshine made conditions ideal for betting and gruelling for those in the field. Madeley 'supremo' Simon woodcock lost the toss and we were made to field by Perkins. This was not too bad of a blow as we were unsure what to do ourselves!
 
After a brief but thorough warm up from the RAF's answer to 'Duncan Fletcher' (Andy Halliday) we took to the field. Madeley were up against it from the word go as they started the game with ten men. Rodney 'Lord Lucan' Dunn was no where to be seen! Perkins got off to a great start and rattled 30 odd from the first 5 overs. At this point we were starting to think that it might be a long hard day in the field! Fortunately for us, opening bowlers Jamie Lloyd and Andy Duncan fletcher' Halliday had other ideas.
 
Jamie bowled superbly down the hill from the Park street end and ended up with 6 wickets. The best of these was a slower ball which totally bamboozled Perkins number 6 and had the bails flying through the air. Andy was a handful from the Bowling Green end and his big off cutters were out-foxing the opposition. It should be noted at this point that 'Lord Lucan' had graced us with his appearance and blamed his Dad for stating that it was a 2 O'clock start. Nice work, Rodney you plonker!
 
Anyway, Madeley bowled Perkins out for 74 with even 'Lord Lucan' himself chipping in with 2 wickets. Madeley made a change to the usual opening batsmen as Andy Lloyd and John Fawcett took to the field. They never looked in any trouble and cruised to 60 odd for no loss. Andy Lloyd holed out to Long off after a number of classy looking shots. Mickey Roberts again put the opposition bowling to the sword. His most notable shot being a pull over backward square leg for 6 off the first ball he faced! Nice work Mickey!
 
By the time Madeley had knocked off the runs the time had reached 15:35. Not bad work! Simon Woodcocks army goes marching on!      
 
Next week Welshpool make the long trip to 'fortress' Part Street. Lets hope this game lasts a bit longer!