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1st X1  v  Bomere Heath      9th May 2009     -      John Fawcett Reports

Madeley arrived at Bomere Heath to find, just as last year, a fantastic batting track. Having viewed Bomeres previous results it was obvious that getting rid of the opening batsmen (Gillespie and Singh) would prove to be pivotal.
Some good bowling outside of off stump saw Singh depart cheaply in the 4th over and Madeley felt that getting Gillespie quickly could lead the way to victory. As Madeley found out last year, bowling on the stumps to Singh is a big mistake as he is so strong at scoring on the leg side. McLeans line well outside of off stump proved just the trick. Madeley's bowlers then went through an indifferent spell and a combination of average bowling and superb batting particularly from Gillespie ensured Bomere were accumulating runs at well over 4 an over.
Gillespie went on to make a hundred and never gave Madeley a chance until after after his century. From this moment on he decided to open his shoulders and put the Madeley bowlers to the sword. This time round it was not in-different bowling to be blamed but some awesome hitting. Both Andy Pugh and Jamie Lloyd were hit out of the park into adjoining fields as Gillespie crashed 6's all around the park. Gillespie was finally dismissed on 138 (2 more than Madeley's Steve Jones managed at Bomere last year). Having played first team cricket for a good few years now I cannot recall seeing a batsmen play as well as that against our bowling.
Gillespie was well supported by Proctor in the middle order. Madeley were having a bad day in the field. 5 chances went down and some poor ground fielding on a 'bobbly' outfield did not help the Madeley cause. As last week the star man with the ball was Chris Hodson. As other bowlers were being hit for over 6 an over he kept his cool and took the important wickets of Proctor and Gillespie. Bomere's innings tailed off in the last 5 overs. Remarkably having conceded over 250 runs the team felt they still had a good chance of winning.
Madeley's attempt at overtaking Bomeres 256 was immediately halted by the rain. The loss of 7 overs gave the team little chance of victory. For the second year in a row a Madeley batsmen scored a century at Bomere. Where it was Steve Jones (136) last year this year Steve Pugh stepped up and scored 102 not out. Not bad considering he was carrying an injury and was never able to run more than 2! Madeley never looked in danger of being bowled out. Bomere's opening bowlers of Singh and Oliver had some early success but a weak 2nd and 3rd change didn't pose too many problems. No other batsman could give Pugh the support he needed for Madeley to reach the 'winning draw' total. In the end Madeley had to settle for the losing draw. It was a real shame the rain came when it did as Madeley could have mounted a serious attempt on Bomere's total on the 'road like' track.
Madeley MOM: Steve Pugh
Albrighton visit Madeley next Saturday. This has always been a hotly contested encounter and should be no different this year. Both teams have had mixed results so far and will both be eyeing an improvement on their performances and league standings.