1st X1  v  Ludlow  26th April 2008

Ludlow won the toss and it was no surprise to find Madeley being asked to bat first on a very damp wicket.

Take Cover

With the new ball moving around and some decent bowling from Ludlow, runs were hard to come by and it was more a question of survival.

(Steve Jones smashes a four

Steve Jones did well to hang around for 21 overs before being caught off a top edge trying to sweep, but with his dismissal the score was only 35 for 5.

At this point John Fawcett came to the wicket and he was to play one of his better innings for Madeley. He was still there at the end and completed a well deserved fifty off the last ball.

With good support from Steve Maden 23 and Shaun Rigby 7 not out, the score had reached a very respectable 136 for 8 at the end of the 50 overs


Farrah drives

In reply Ludlow got off to a shocking start and never recovered. Terry Owen took a wicket with his first ball and when their pro was run out for a duck after only facing two balls the score was 13 for 3.

(John Fawcett on his way to 50

Wickets continued to fall with all bowlers chipping in. Shaun Rigby took a couple of sharp catches. Terry and the skipper shared 6 wickets, Steve Jones took a couple and Rodney Dunn mopped up the last man.

All in all a good result for Madeley but they were probably helped by a somewhat lacklustre batting display from Ludlow.