2nd X1  v  Much Wenlock 24th May 2008

The Wheels Come Off.

Madeley this week made the short journey to newly promoted Much Wenlock 2nd
X1. On a good looking wicket Oddy won the toss and invited our opposition to
bat first. Much Wenlock started cautiously and only when a few bad balls
were bowled were they then to open their shoulders. After putting on 88 Chris
Hodson captured their opener L.B.W with one that kept low. Jamie Lloyd
bowled well without any real success in the early stages of their innings
and with one or two going through the slip cauldron this is area of our
fielding we must improve on.

Much Wenlock went from 88 without loss to 172 - 9 thanks to some good
bowling from our second X1 captain who took 6 - 33 from his 16 overs. When
looking at our bowling we must all learn to bowl one side of the wicket and
try to cut down on the amount of extras we seem to concede each week.

Madeley's reply started badly when Woody was bowled and was soon followed by
Oddy and Boss and indeed the whole of the top order was dismissed  leaving
us on 39 - 6 after only 12 overs.

Kieran Richards and Sam Hathaway got the score up to 86 when the final
wicket fell leaving Madeley 2nd X1 tasting the bitter taste of defeat for
the first time since the start of last season.

Hopefully this was a blip and nothing more but we must all be prepared to
work hard and graft for runs and wickets when we play our arch rivals
Broseley this coming weekend.

Much Wenlock 20 points Madeley 4 points.

This result has meant us slipping from Ist place in the league to 3rd.