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Under 11's v  Shifnal  29th April 2009

Madeley arrived at Shifnal with last years mauling still fresh in their minds. Their fears grew when captain Jack lost the toss and Madeley were put in to bat by a confident Shifnal side. Captain Jack and Charlie opened the batting against Shifnal's strike bowlers. They fended off everything Shifnal could throw at them and scored an impressive 13 runs. Confidence started to grow within the Madeley side especially when Will and Jack Simms took to the wicket. This partnership sparked a flurry of runs. No matter what the bowlers tried to do both Will and Jack were more than a match for them. Jack played one of the best shots of the night, a superb hook through square leg for 4 runs. They scored an impressive 27 runs. Batsmen 5&6 (on loan from Shifnal) continued the impressive start with another 16 runs. Pip and Joe took to the wicket and after some impressive defensive play they opened up adding a further 17 runs to the total. The final two batsmen, Will and debutee Matthew, took to the wicket. Shifnal unleashed their pacey bowlers again. Both Will and Matt dug in and added another 4 runs to the total. Madeley finished on 277 for 3 wickets.
After a pep talk, a glass of orange and several biscuits the team took to the field to try and defend their total.
The new ball was handed to Pip and his medium pace deliveries put the Shifnal openers under early pressure. The pressure increased further when Charlie's fast paced paced deliveries had the batsmen tied up in knots. Will came into the attack and kept the pressure up on the Shifnal batsmen and he was rewarded for his good bowling with a wicket. The Shifnal batsman did not see the ball as it took out the centre stump. There was no let up on the pressure with maidens from both captain Jack and the on loan Shifnal bowler. After being knocked for four runs captain Jack took revenge by taking out the off stump of the Shifnal batsman. Jack Simms, Matthew  and another on loan shifnal bowler kept the runs down with some fine deliveries. The highlight of this spell was two wickets in the one over by the on loan Shifnal bowler. With only 5 over's to go Shifnal had only scored 224 runs and still required another 54 runs to win. Madeley were in the driving seat. Tensions started to mount when runs started to flow especially when the last few Shifnal batsman got the run rate up to a staggering 10 runs per over. This left the game on a razors edge with Shifnal requiring 13 runs off the last over to win. The ball was given to Ben the on loan bowler. After some brilliant bowling and fielding the pressure was just too much on the Shifnal batsmen. They only managed to score a few runs and ended up with 267 for 5.
tThis was Madeley's first victory,. so well done lads keep it up. We are all proud of you.