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

2008 league champions Reman Services were the visitors to Park Street on Saturday. After a slow start in recent weeks they have picked up the pace and were sitting just behind the league leaders. Madeley suffered a blow the night before the game when likely opening bowler Kieran Richards injured his wrist while saving a penalty for the legendary MCC Football Club. His place was taken by Craig ‘Nixon’ McLean.

On a bright sunny day both skippers admitted it was a difficult call whoever won the toss. Captain Jamie Lloyd won the toss and decided that Madeley should have a bat. Openers Andy Lloyd and Steve Pugh strode to the crease. They had little difficulty with the Reman openers of Gwilt and Philips. Both swung the ball but did not have the consistency to impose too much pressure on either batsmen. The change of bowlers at both ends had a big effect on the Madeley’s Batsmen. Reman skipper Mal Serplett dismissed Madeleys top three batsmen. His medium paced away swingers were to give the Madeley team problems for most of the afternoon. Andy Lloyd followed his 50 last week at Broseley by hitting 36 which included five 4’s.

All of Madeley's middle order got a start but none of them could push on and get a score to take the total to the 200+ that was needed on a decent track. One of these batsmen to flatter to deceive was John Fawcett. His brief and scratchy innings ended due to the bowling of Williams and the good work of Bullock behind the stumps as he was stumped for 20. Bradbourne and Williams spin bowling did a fantastic job of slowing the Madeley run rate and eventually dismissing its entire middle order. Madeley will need to improve their batting against spin if the current dry weather continues. 

Madeley posted a total of 167. This was way below par on a good track. The bowlers would have to bowl amazingly to prevent the long Reman batting order from rattling up a comfortable victory. 

There was early success for Madeley when the bowling of Bowen dismissed Serplett for a duck. The partnership that took the game away from Madeley was that of Davies and Bradbourne. Davies scored 50 and big hitting Bradbourne rode his luck (2 dropped chances) to score 46 before being caught behind form the bowling of Chris Hodson. Reman eventually knocked off Madeley's total after 39.2 overs.  A disappointing day for Madeley because their batsmen quite simply, did not score enough runs! 

Man of the Match: Chris Hodson


Next game for Madeley is the visit of Welshpool.