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2nd X1  v  Lilleshall  21st June 2014     -      Steve Cansdale Reports


The seconds returned to Park Street to welcome another side that they hadn't played against in a long time, Lilleshall.
On a lovely sunny June day, Lilleshall won the toss and opted to bowl.

Our young opening duo of Chris Birkett and Alex Dillon started off at a nice pace. With Alex defending well and Chris controlling the opening quickie bowlers of Lilleshall. Quite a lot of wides were being bowled, which helped the score along to 28 before Alex was caught by Rich Harris off of the bowling of Rob Bagshaw.
Chris was joined by Callum Hodson, who between them played some beautifull shots and looked as if they were going to be impossible to get out. But with 53 on the score, Chris was surprised at a ball which flew off the track, onto his glove, juggled by the keeper and caught at slip.
Time now for the middle order to show their worth. Jamie Lloyd joined Callum and between them put on an incredible partnership of 70, with runs being scored freely on the very fast outfield. Jamie scored a very credible 37, before being caught by Ian Dawes from Maxwell jones.
Old stalwart, Mick Roberts was next in. So far, not scoring very well off of the willow this season. But he must have had an isotonic drink beforehand and started playing some lovely shots from the text book. He and and Callum were really pushing the run rate, with Callum reaching his first fifty of the season, before being run out by a very direct hit from about 50 yards. Well done Callum 62.
Liam Kearsley was next, but was out after two balls (scoring 2) trying to push the score to 200.
A blast from the past next as Dave White came in joining Mick Roberts and lasted the last three balls scoring 1.
Mick Roberts finished on 34 not out, who gave us the highlight of the day, when a Yorker landed on his big toe  enabling him to chunter on about it well after the game had finished :-).

Lilleshall must have thought it was their Birthday, when opening Bowlers of Dan Kearsley and Callum Rigby bowled 18 wides between them in the first three overs, putting Lilleshall on 22-0.
Time for Loll to change tactics, and changed Dan Kearsley for Jamie Lloyd, and Callum Rigby for himself. This had an immediate effect as Jamie had Alex Dyer, Caught and Bowled. 25-1
Following not long after, Jack Pierce was bowled by Loll. 34-2. Callum Hodson, came on for a short spell and bowled Ian Dawes. 50-3.
Loll seemed to be trying to confuse the batsmen, by changing bowlers at short intervals, not allowing the batsmen to get settled.
Loll was in fine form, when he too took a caught and bowled. 82-4. Opener Dan Kearsley was bought back on, having an immediate effect by Bowling Rob Bagshaw for 0. 87-5. Jamie Lloyd quickly disposed of Cuwan-tait and Kenny Fudge, along with Callum Rigby who bowled Conor Steele and LBW Charlie Conquest, leaving Lilleshall 67 runs short.
This score could have been a lot lower, but for 4 dropped catches, and 40 Extras. Batting very much improved, but bowling and fielding needing attention.