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1st X1  v  Broseley     23rd May 2009     -      John Fawcett Reports

Glasgow Rangers v Glasgow Celtic, Boca Juniors v River Plate, Man Utd v Liverpool all of these are great sporting derby matches but none of them have over 140 years of history that near neighbours Madeley CC and Broseley CC can boast. When the fixtures come out early in the year this is the one match that both Madeley and Broseley players look forward too most.
 
Madeley CC crossed the Severn knowing they have had the better of recent contests. In fact Broseley's last victory over MCC came way back in the 2001 season where the likes of Craig Ruston and Steve Myers where amongst the Madeley eleven. There was no doubting the games significance for former Broseley players Richard Firmstone and Jonathon Lloyd as they made their first appearance back at The Stocking since their move to Madeley in the pre season.
 
Madeley's team was thought to be weaker than the one that played against Albrighton last week as both the McLean brothers and 'run machine' Steve Jones were unavailable.
 
In the absence of Dan McLean, Andy Lloyd was promoted up the order to open the batting with Madeley legend Steve Pugh. It was Pugh who was to lose his wicket first dragging a Gavin Daniels delivery back onto his stumps. This brought John Fawcett to the crease, another 'batsmen' who had been promoted up the order from his normal spot at number six. Lloyd and Fawcett then put on a leisurely partnership of 109 for the second wicket. While both innings were 'test paced' at times they gave Madeley a good foundation on which to build their innings. The bowling of Gavin Daniels was particularly tight as the two batsmen found it difficult to manoeuvre the ball around from his consistent line of around a foot outside leg stump!? The bowling of Broseley professional Mehboob dismissed both Fawcett and Lloyd (Lloyd bowled round his legs while trying to sweep, Fawcett bowled while trying to cut a ball through point). Mehboob showed good control of line and length and with some very big turn was difficult to play.
 
Madeley's middle order accelerated the scoring and took Madeley to 181 off the 50 overs. Among the notable scores were Jon Lloyd (23 Not out) and Richard Firmstone (14). The Madeley team thought this was at least a par score on a track that was seeming and turning. 
 
Kieran Richards (promoted from the seconds) and captain Jamie Lloyd opened the bowling for Madeley. A devastating spell from Richards destroyed the Broseley top order. He took the wickets of Murdoch, Hamer and Arshad in a spell that finished with figures of 3-23 from 11 overs. Kieran has 'tuned' his raw talent into consistent performances this season for both the first and second teams. One to watch for the future.
 
Undoubtedly the crucial wicket in the Broseley side was that of Mehboob. The Broseley professional was just starting to look dangerous when an outstanding, one handed catch by Steve 'statto' Pugh at slip brought his innings to a premature end. The only other Broseley batsmen to offer resistance were Bott and particularly Gavin Jones who played some good shots through the off side. After a brief flourish from numbers ten and eleven Broseley were bowled out for 108 inside 33 overs. Aside from Richards the Madeley bowlers who enjoyed most success were Andy 'goal king!?' Pugh (3-10 from 5 overs) and Chris 'spin king' Hodson (4-34 from 9.4 overs). A great performance from the Madeley eleven brought the maximum points back to Park Street.  
 
Men of the Match: Andy Lloyd and Kieran Richards
 
Madeley can now look forward to playing last seasons champions Reman Services at Park Street next Saturday. This should be a real test for Madeley's improving batting.