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2nd X1  v  Cound   31st May 2014     -      Steve Cansdale Reports

The Seconds were on the road again, this time to a Club that they haven't played at League Level for quiet a few years, Cound.
Looking at the track, whoever won the toss certainly had the greater advantage, due to it being slow and heavy with no bounce. Unfortunately, Cound won the toss, and put Madeley into bat.
Chris Birkett and Dan Bowdler started very solidly, with Chris protecting his wicket, and DJ swinging his bat, and knocking up runs. DJ's innings came to an end with an almighty smash over the bowlers head, trying to hit the ball into the churchyard, but not even reaching the boundary, where Derek Caslin neatly took the catch, with the score at 37.
Lucas Bladen came in at three (and three meant three balls) as Cound bowler of the day Derek Caslin Caught & Bowled him, 41-2.
Mark Mason came in at 4 and soon settled down with Chris and they soon added 18 runs to the board, before Chris also fell foul to being Caught and Bowled from Derek Caslin, 59-3.
From then on it was all downhill, with what can only be described as an atrocious show of Batting. The middle order collapsed, with first, Simon Woodcock (who too lasted 3 balls) quickly followed by Mick Roberts who were both caught from dreadfull (not in the handbook) shots.76-5.
Mark clung on and was making some fine shots, showing some of his old mastery with the bat. Lee Standell came and went very quickly for 1, 88-6.
Lewis Davies joined the fray, and looked as though he was in the mood for scoring a few, but he too only lasted for 2, before being bowled by Calum Marsh, 94-7.
Callum Hodson came in next, making this his first game for the Seconds this season. He and Mark put on 7, before Mark was bowled by Calum Marsh for the Innings top total of 37, 101-8. Captain, Loll Woodhall teamed up with Callum to put another 7, before Callum was also Caught, by a not very good shot, 107-9.
The final wicket fell 1 run later, when Loll was bowled by Calum Marsh for 6, leaving Dan Kearsley not out for 0.
All in all a terrible display of batting, the worst in a long time. Net Practice is needed and quickly.

With the track drying out in the warm afternoon air, Cound came out knowing that the target they had was pretty easy to reach.
But Lewis Davies soon put a cat amongst the pigeons, when he bowled Rob Mcintosh after 9 balls .6-1. Was there going to be a heartfull fightback, I'm afraid not.
Derek Caslin joined GregLawrence in to pushing the score to 43, before Mark Mason Bowled Derek Caslin for  14.
The woeful batting display seemed to have crept in to the fielding, with three simple catches being dropped, before Greg Lawrence was bowled by Loll Woodhall for 19. (57-3).
From then on it was plain sailing for Cound as they reached their target in 28 overs. Loll Woodhall tried varying his attack with bowlers, Dan Kearsley (0-12), Lewis Davies (1-17), Loll Woodhall (1-13), Mark Mason (1-20), Callum Hodson (0-26) and Simon Woodcock (0-12), but none of them could seem to handle this dull, lifeless track.