1st X1  v  Bomere Heath  10th May 2008

Park St was bathed in sunshine and with the wicket looking better than all last season, losing the toss and being invited to bat should not prove to much of a problem.

Steve Jones pulls  to the boundary

After Madeley lost an early wicket in came Steve Jones to join Steve Pugh and they once again showed what a valuable pairing they make when they compiled a stand of 162 runs. Both batsman looked like they might get their tons but in the quest for boundaries their innings came to an end. 'Jonah' making 87 and 'Statto'  73.

(Steve Jones pulls to the boundary

'Verbal' then played some good shots to fire a breezy 33 off 23 balls. Further batsman gave their wickets away in the pursuit of quick runs and Madeley eventually finished with a decent score of 239 - 7.

Bomere Heath's reply got off to a good start and they had 41 on the board before the first wicket fell. This was quickly followed by a second and when Andy Pugh took a wicket with his first ball (The batsman shouldered arms and watched the ball hit the stumps) three wickets had gone for 67. The 100 came up with no further loss and at this point Bomere were scoring at a faster rate than Madeley had achieved earlier.

Steve Pugh creams a four

However the wheels really came off for Bomere with the introduction of Shaun Rigby who took wickets with his first two balls. The batsman made two huge misjudgements firstly pulling across the line and skying a catch to Andy Pugh and then missing a high full toss which hit the stumps without bouncing.

(Steve Pugh creams a four

A third wicket came Shaun's way when another aerial shot was well taken by Steve Pugh (with a little bit of body aid). With Andy Pugh having a couple of successful LBW shouts and Dinesh mopping up the last man Bomere were bowled out for 129 leaving Madeley the victors by a comprehensive 108 runs.