1st X1  v  Wem  12th Aug 2006

 

Madeley put in an improved battling performance but couldn't quite get the better of a Wem side still fighting for the top of the table spot. It was Madeley's turn to lose the toss and unsurprisingly they were invited to have first knock. Rico watches closely

It was soon looking bleak and a mountain to climb as the first three wickets fell cheaply. Rico, with the help of the wicket keeper, had also survived a chance before he was off the mark.

However two good partnerships helped build a respectable score. Rico batted with some determination and lasted an unusual 75 mins for his 52, before a misread led to him being bowled.

                                (Rico guides one through gully)

Andy Pugh and Pete Smith took the score along to 177 before Pete was trapped LBW. We ended on 196 when Andy Pugh was adjudged run out by our favourite ump.

It was perhaps a score that could have been improved upon as the last 10 overs only produced 34 runs for the loss of 5 wickets                                           

Andy launches but doesn't connect

In reply Wem got off to a poor start losing a wicket in the first over. This brought Rasika to the wicket. Runs were not coming quickly and Madeley did their best to keep him away from the strike.

This led to him taking a few chances. He ran a single off the last ball of an over trying to retain the strike and was lucky to survive as the throw narrowly missed the stumps with him well out of his ground.

                          (If only he had made a connection.)

Then he skied the ball between gully and point but survived again when Andy Lloyd failed to put hands to ball.

These two opportunities could well have been the turning point as he went on to score 70 before being caught by Verbal off Rico's bowling.

 

Pete Smith looks plumbTwo more wickets fell to Rico and the home side had been reduced to 149 - 5                            

A couple of more wickets now may well have brought a different result but  it wasn't to be and Wem reached their target for the loss of 6 wickets.

It's interesting to note that after 40 overs the scores were 162 - 5  and 163 - 5

Over the last few games these last ten overs have been crucial to the results of the match and if we can put this right more points will be earned.

                                   (Pete Smith gets trapped)