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2nd X1  v  Wellington4ths   3rd May 2014     -      Steve Cansdale Reports

After last weeks encouraging win at Wem, the seconds came down to earth with an almighty bump against a strong Wellington IV side.
 
Loll Woodhall won the toss and opted for Madeley to bat.
 
Openers Chris Birkett and Lucas Bladen seemed to have the Wellington bowling duo of Naz Akhtar and Jack Fishman in control, when Lucas played an awful shot, direct to Michael Debenham for an easy catch.

Pete Sanders joined the frey, but after an enegetic sprint pulled what looks like his hamstring. With a Runner in tow Chris Birkett and Pete Sanders managed to creep the score to 24, before Pete was caught behind by Alan Denver from Lewis Gough for 3.
 
Jamie Lloyd was next in, and with Chris Birkett in form, hopes for a recovery were looking good. Even though there was SEVEN Maidens in one spell, they managed to put on a great partnership of 96 before Chris Birkett was stumped for 66, with the score at a more respectfull 120-3.
 
Jamie Lloyd quickly followed after being caught for 29 with the score now at 121-4.
 
The very lively duo of Mickey Roberts and Simon Woodcock scored 20 in about 12 minutes before Mick was bowled for 9.
 
Lewis Davies who is not slow on his feet was run out 2 balls later from a very direct throw, leaving the seconds at 142-6.

Liam Kearsley (2 n.o.) and Simon Woodcock (22 n.o.) saw the side home for a total of 160-6 from 50 overs.

The opening Wellington pair of Michael Debenham and Derick Benting made their intentions know, by hitting a few quick runs before Callum Rigby had Michael Debenham caught behind by Lucas Bladen.
 
Then tragedy struck as Lewis Davies collapsed with a pulled muscle in his right leg after he had bowled 2.3 overs, leaving him in so much agony that he had to leave the pitch for the rest of the game 10 minutes later.
 
Matthew Nutting took over from Lewis, and along with Callum Rigby for the next couple of overs.
 
It looked liked something special was needed to split this partnership of Derick Benting and Charles Harrison, so Jamie Lloyd and Loll Woodhall were bought into the attack. They pushed the score to 72 before Jamie bowled Benting.

Charles Harrison and  Alan Denver were a different kettle of fish, knocking the ball all around the Park with somewhat ease. They soon pushed the score to 153.
 
With only eight runs needed, Loll brought on youngster Liam Kearsley for a spell with Veteran Simon Woodcock at the other end. Both bowled reasonably well, but with Liam coming up trumps by taking the wickets of Charles Harrison (71) And Richard Benting (5) .
 
Alan Denver (49 n.o.) soon knocked off the remainding runs for a win to Wellington IV by six wickets.