1st X1  v  Albrighton 21st June 2008               

Madeley visited Albrighton this week hoping to improve on the performance at Welshpool. The game had been reduced to 35 overs due to the poor weather and hopes were quickly diminished as they lost a very important toss. Things got worse when they got off to a poor start and then crawled along to a score of 48 - 4 off 24 overs. It was hard to see a positive outcome at this point unless we were going to bowl out the opposition for around 100 (Unlikely)
Dinesh and Jason Willets did make things a little better with the only worthwhile partnership of the innings. They added 51 with scores of 37 and 21 respectively.
Madeley finished on 123 - 8 which in my book was never going to be enough. The hole had been excavated with only 48 on the board and 11 overs left. Running between wickets needs to be improved. If the ball is hit to a boundary fielder some batsmen amble the first run and when the fielder fumbles and misfields he gets away with it.
Madeley continued digging when Albrighton's innings commenced. The hole reached gigantic proportions when  5 catches were grassed. Their opener offered no less than four chances before he was eventually caught behind off the fifth for a 'majestic' 53, average 10.6 per innings. Their overseas player had already gone after he too was caught behind off Andy Pugh. His eyes lit up but he edged to Boss who gratefully took the chance. However the damage had been done the score was 97 - 2. Five more wickets fell with Grumpy ending with figures of 6 - 27 but Albrighton were home winning by 3 wickets.