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Under 11's v  Lilleshall  3rd June 2009

Madeley took to the field with three new players away to Lilleshall. Charlie won the toss and elected to bat first. Little Jack and new player Brandon batted first. This was going to be a tricky night for Madeley. They were up against an artificial wicket, an unknown entity to most if not all of the young Madeley side, plus it had been a number of weeks since their last game. a fine win at Shifnal.
Both Jack and Brandon dug in against some fine bowling but runs were hard to come by. Madeley captain Charlie and Big Jack took to the wicket hoping to push the run rate up. This pairing showed some fine running between the wickets and after a quick single Madeley's only boundary came when a Lilleshall fielder's attempt for a run out failed with the ball missing the stumps and going for four runs. Madeley's next pair faced Lilleshall's best bowlers. Matt and new player Cameron showed some fine defensive play that even Geoff Boycott would have been proud of. Will and Madeley's third new player Liam, batted next. This pairing looked keen to push the run rate up. Liam hit several cracking shots and was unlucky on several occasions not to find the boundary. Madeley's final pair Jack and fresh from his holiday Pip took to the wicket. Pip trying to hook a full toss took the ball full on his hand. After fighting back the pain he played on with his finger slowly turning purple, but both he and Jack struggled to add many runs to Madeley's total. The innings came to end with Madeley scoring 230-6 wickets.
Madeley took to the field knowing they had to bowl well to defend their modest total. Liam taking the wicket keepers gloves for the first time looked impressive behind the stumps. Madeley's bowlers tried hard to keep Lilleshall's run rate down with both big Jack and Cameron taking 2 wickets. The fifth wicket falling from Will's slower ball and a fine catch from Charlie but, unfortunately Lilleshall's home knowledge of the wicket proved too much for Madeley and they scored an impressive 267-5 wickets. This game was played with true spirit from both sides.

Congratulations to Lilleshall.