2nd X1  v  Shelton  23rd August 2008                       Report from Chris Hodson

This week Madeley entertained Shelton who were sitting pretty in second place in the league after coming into some form in recent weeks. For a change the skipper won the toss and invited our visitors to fist use of a wet and green track which was no surprise after all the rain the county had received over the past week. Shelton in fairness looked as though they had never batted on a wet track before and were soon in trouble due to some fine bowling from Lee Bowen and Kieran Richards who shared most of the 9 wickets to fall as our visitors only had 10 men with one supporter who must have retired only last week as he had played most of the games this season.
Lee Bowen bowled well and with plenty of help from the track with the odd one popping picked up figures of 4 - 11 from 13 overs.
Madeley's reply could have caved in when Andy Lloyd and Lee Allen fell cheaply leaving us on 8 - 2 on a track still helping the bowlers considerably, Chris Hodson and Ben Bates saw the home team home with Ben finishing on 28 not out and our skipper on 17 not out. The runs were knocked off in just over 25 overs and batting was not easy so well done to both batters for working hard and digging in for the victory.
Madeley's next game is NEXT SUNDAY due to Welshpool have some canoe festival on their ground so come along and watch the first next Saturday I am sure they would like to see us all supporting them.
Madeley 20 points   Shelton 1 point