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2nd X1  v  Much Wenlock  27th June 2009         Report by  -    Lee Standell

After a disappointing draw at Newtown last week Madeley welcomed Much Wenlock to Park Street. After rain and cloud the surroundings were very humid, skipper Sam Norman won the toss and made a big decision to bat first believing that the 2nd XI are a better team batting first. So the regulation openers S.Warrilow (Boss) and Barry Chuckle (S.Hathaway) began their innings looking in good form with Boss attacking Wenlock's openers and Sam Showing Patience as he did last week. The score had moved to 43 and taking into account the conditions it couldn't have been a better beginning when Boss was bowled for 22. Sam Hathaway was then the 3rd wicket to be taken after M.Roberts had fallen for 0, Sam made 19. It was a sad state of affairs as the middle order failed yet again, only the return of S.Woodcock (24) getting into double figures. The lower order also failed to trouble the new scoreboard (well done to the MMM) except for C.Mclean who batted extremely well with wickets failling around him, making 20 not out. But due respect to the loud Much Wenlock team who bowled very well, keeping tight lines and only conceding 12 extras. Pick of the bowlers was the slow left arm spin of D.Perks 10 Overs 5-24 and S.Gibson 11 Overs 2-23. Madeley finished on 115 from 46.2 overs.
 Wenlock's innings was then to begin with the very chatty A.Eley and G.Holland opening the batting With Harry Thomas (Prep) and C.Mclean opening the bowling for Madeley. Wenlock also had an opening partnership of 40 with a lot of luck as G.Holland was caught off a no ball and dropped by the skipper off C.Mclean's excellent bowling in which he was very unlucky not to take any wickets. Lee Bowen then came on as first change with last weeks Man of the Match L.Woodhall bowling at the other end. Lee (Dudleys answer to The Kid) brought Madeley back into the game taking the top 3 batsmen of G.Holland 24, A.Eley a painful 15 from 90 balls and M.Green with Miami (L.Allen) adding to his impressive tally of catches this season. Madeley had worked hard bowling well and fielding superbly to get Wenlock at 80 - 5 sensing a possible win with L.Woodhall and Harry Thomas picking up a wicket a piece. Madeley were then left disappointed and frustrated as Wenlock managed to knock the runs off from 43 overs by H.Howley (17 N.O) and J.Cooke (22 N.O). Pick of the bowling was Lee Bowen 10 overs 3-16 and L.Woodhall 10 overs 1-22. Yet again Madeley's middle order let the side down falling possibly 30 runs short in what was otherwise an excellent performance.
Man Of The Match: C.Mclean - Bat And Ball.
Next up for Madeley is a short trip to Allscott.