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2nd X1  v  Cound  16th August 2014     -      Steve Cansdale Reports

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After Seven matches without a win, the Seconds came up trumps against Cound II.
Cound won the toss and opted to bat on a very quick outfield. This decision seemed to be the right one, as they stormed to 67 before Adrian Rowe was Caught by Dave White off of the ever improving Sagar Jeram. Cound opener Paul Elton dug in as the wickets began to fall around him. Next to go 2 runs later was Rob MacIntosh, bowled by Sagar Jeram with a beaut of a ball. 69-2. Six runs later, Andy Parry became another victim of Sagar by also being bowled.75-3.. The bowling duo of Sagar Jeram and Lewis Davies really slowed down Cound, Bowling absolutely extremely tight. Mel Parry and Paul Elton had a nice partnership of 49, before Mel Parry was caught by Matthew Nutting off of Callum Rigby. 124-4. It was easy from then on, with Madeley showing a much improved performance in the field. Paul Elton went for 55, caught behind by stand in keeper Chris Birkett, 126-5. Josh Croft was then caught by Woody, which surprised everyone on the park as we didn't no he could get down so low. 127-6. Skipper Loll Woodhall then brought back on Sagar Jeram, who quickly dismissed Luke Allsop by bowling him. 144-7.
Gordon Wray then followed the same way as Luke Allsop, bowled by Sagar Jeram. 158-8. Lewis Davies then got a well deserved wicket, dismissing Richard Conroy for 2. 166-9. The last to go was Dan Parry who was eventually run out after a miss throw. 166 - 10. Sajar Jeram 11.3- 3- 5- 26. Lewis Davies 12- 4- 1- 19. Matt Nutting 6- 0- 2- 30. Callum Rigby 3- 1- 19.

Once again, a superb tea was served by the Walmsley family, who now are getting the reputation of serving one of the best teas in the League. (This is why I get fatter in the Summer).
There was a certain spring in the step of Madeley openers Chris Birkett and Lewis Davies as the innings began. Richard Conroy and Luke Allsop were very quick but the lads held out until Chris Birkett was bowled by Richard Conroy. Lee Standell joined Lewis at the crease and soon settled in. Lewis had most of the bowling to face, and smacked 34 out of the first 36 runs before he was caught. 36-2. Jamie Lloyd came in a number four, but didn't last long as his not so good run continues. 36-3. Things were now looking a bit dodgy as Simon Woodcock joined Lee Standell. But all was not lost as this pair put on 55 before Lee was caught for 33. Dave White came and went after 13 more runs 104-5. But the partnership of the day, with young Callum Rigby playing exceptionally well with the bat, making some wonderful shots. Along with Woody at the other end, made it look easy. With 3 runs
required to win and Woody needing 3 for his 50, Woody smashed a lovely 4 over the bowler to be 51 not out. With Callum Rigby on 30 not out. A very needed win indeed, but still a way to go. Next Week: Reman Services (Away) 12:00 start