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1st X1  v  Pontesbury   10th May 2014     -      Craig Simms Reports

On a cloud and blustery day Madeley travelled to Pontesbury.

Andy Lloyd once again won the toss and did what had been successful in the two previous games of the season he asked them to bat. All did not look to good when in the first over Lee Jackson twisted his knee and had to be carried off he pitch, (I think it was too cold for him the big wuss). Allan Anson came in as 12th man, after finding some kit that fitted (princeys trousers and Hoody’s jumper). Any way after losing one of his opening bowlers he turned to Chris Hodson to open the attack with Martin Boyle. Progress was steady for Pontesbury till Hoddy had M Hatshorn trapped LBW for 13 in the 10th over with the score on 27.

C Rigby replaced Martin Boyle and was in the action straight away with martin taking a very good catch to remove P Hatshorn for 5 with the score on 29. After bowling 8 overs Hoddy was given a rest to be replaced by Princey who did not take long to take his first wicket in his second over having M Haigh caught by Martin for 8  to reduce Pontesbury to 42-3, at this stage I thought that we would be chasing our highest target of the season. With the score at 50-3 Hoddy was brought back into the attack, and from this point things went downhill for Pontesbury.

Hoddy and Princey bowled well in tandem with both taking wickets at regular intervals till R Davies came in at number 10 with his unorthodox style he managed to make 10 but this as in vain as Pontesbury were dismissed for just 79 to set us a target of 80 to win, Hoddy finishing with 4-26 and Princey 5-17 and if verbal had any hands in his gloves it could have been even less, in the words of Mickey Roberts it was like watching Tex at Himley.

With tea not being ready Madeley went out for either 15 overs or 50 minutes to get close to the target, Steve Pugh had a stomach bug so did not open the batting it was Verbal and Princey and with the score on 11 in the second over Princey padded up and was adjudged LBW of course he wasn’t out but when is he.

The fall of this wicket saw Shaun Rigby come to the wicket and he and verbal took the score on to 35 before verbal was out caught for 21 this in the 5th over, Lloydy took his place and in the next 7 overs he and Rigger took the score to 81 Shaun hitting a six to secure victory by 8 wickets.

We will face stiffer tasks to win a game but if we can continue in this form a good season could be on the cards, hopefully we can continue when we take on Much Wenlock at home next week.